What is a bone density test?

Bone Densitometry is a radiological procedure done to detect low bone mass.  It is the gold standard for diagnosing osteoporosis or low bone density.  The bone densitometry or DXA scan allows for a diagnosis of osteoporosis or osteopenia in patients prior to a fracture.  It can also calculate a future risk of a fracture.  It is used to follow patients that are taking treatments for osteoporosis or low bone mass.  Fractures can be prevented with proper treatment for osteoporosis.

The term Osteoporosis is defined as a skeletal disorder characterized by a low bone mass and deterioration of bone tissue with an increase in bone fragility and susceptibility to fracture.

We offer DXA scans to our patients because we feel it is an important part of giving our patients the best care possible.

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