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.
Who Should Get Bone Density Testing?
The National Osteoporosis Foundation recommends bone testing if you are:A woman 65 years of age or olderA man 70 years of age or olderA person who breaks a bone after 50A woman of menopausal age with risk factorsA postmenopausal woman under 65 with risk factorsA man 50-69 year of age who has risk factorsIf 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.
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