What is a Bone Density Test (Dexa Scan)?
A bone density test, also known as bone mass measurement testing or a dexa scan, is a way in which our physicians can find out your bone density, and more specifically, to see if you have osteoporosis, or low bone density. The tests determine the density of calcium and other bone mineral content packed into a segment of bone. The greater the bone mass, the stronger your bones will be.
In the past, patients would find out they had lower bone density levels after suffering bone breaks. A bone density test allows our Concierge Doctor to be proactive in your healthcare, and to take necessary preventative measures to minimize risks of breaks and make recommendations to help you protect your bones. It also provides us with critical insight for monitoring ongoing osteoporosis treatment.
The National Osteoporosis Foundation recommends bone testing if you are:
If you fall into any of these categories, our Concierge Doctors at My Concierge MD can help you with bone density testing and provide appropriate recommendations to maximize your bone density health.
Some Answers to Your Questions
How long does a bone density test take?
The test itself is a relatively simple and painless procedure, and should take 15 minutes from start to finish.
What is osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a condition where the bones are more porous and less dense, causing them to be weaker, more brittle, and more prone to fracture. An estimated 10 million people are affected by osteoporosis in the United States, and 80% are women.
What is osteopenia?
Osteopenia is a condition where the bone density is lower than normal, but not low enough to be considered osteoporosis. While not as severe as osteoporosis, osteopenia affects about 34 million Americans, and also reveals weakening of the bones and increased risk of fracture.
As part of your personal health care plan, our Concierge Physicians at My Concierge MD can help you determine any such risk factors, and lead you on the best path toward improving your bone health and reducing these risks.