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Who needs a bone density test for osteoporosis?

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A bone density test measures a small part of one or a few bones to see how strong they are and can tell how likely you are to have osteoporosis. The most common one is called a dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA or DEXA) scan. It uses a small amount of radiation to measure your bone density.

But the scan isn’t right for everyone. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force says people who should get DXA scans for bone density include:

Talk to your doctor about whether the test is a good idea for you.

  • Women ages 65 or older
  • Younger women who have a higher-than-normal chance of fracture for their age

SOURCES: 

National Osteoporosis Foundation: "Prevention: Who's at Risk?" 

McIlwain, H, MD, and Debra Fulghum Bruce, PhD, 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: “Osteoporosis: Screening.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on October 27, 2018

SOURCES: 

National Osteoporosis Foundation: "Prevention: Who's at Risk?" 

McIlwain, H, MD, and Debra Fulghum Bruce, PhD, 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: “Osteoporosis: Screening.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on October 27, 2018

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