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What is a bone density test?

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A bone density test (also called bone mineral density test) checks how strong your bones are by measuring a small part of one or a few of them. The results can help your doctor know how you can treat or prevent bone loss and fractures.

SOURCES:

National Osteoporosis Foundation: "Osteoporosis: Bone Density," "Osteoporosis Bone Basics."

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Diagnosis and Follow Up."

McIlwain, H., and Bruce, D. Henry Holt, 2004. Reversing Osteopenia: The Definitive Guide to Recognizing and Treating Early Bone Loss in Women of All Ages,

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force: “USPSTF A and B Recommendations.”

UptoDate: “Screening for osteoporosis,” “Patient education: Bone density testing (Beyond the Basics)”

Medicare.gov: “Bone mass measurement (bone density).”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on October 27, 2018

SOURCES:

National Osteoporosis Foundation: "Osteoporosis: Bone Density," "Osteoporosis Bone Basics."

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Diagnosis and Follow Up."

McIlwain, H., and Bruce, D. Henry Holt, 2004. Reversing Osteopenia: The Definitive Guide to Recognizing and Treating Early Bone Loss in Women of All Ages,

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force: “USPSTF A and B Recommendations.”

UptoDate: “Screening for osteoporosis,” “Patient education: Bone density testing (Beyond the Basics)”

Medicare.gov: “Bone mass measurement (bone density).”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on October 27, 2018

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