DEXA Bone Density Scan
Why is this procedure performed?
Osteoporosis is a bone disease. It means your bones are weak and more likely to break. It is a silent disease. There are no signs or symptoms of osteoporosis, and you might not know you have it until you break a bone. People with osteoporosis most often break bones in the hip, spine, and wrist. That’s why it’s so important to get a bone density test to measure your bone strength. A bone mineral density test is the best way to check your bone health.
To keep bones strong, eat a diet rich in calcium and vitamin D, exercise and do not smoke. If needed, medicines can also help.
Women are four times more likely to develop this Osteoporosis. Most women age 65 or older should have a bone density scan. Women in this age group are at high risk for losing bone density, which can lead to fractures.
Risk factors include:
- Getting older
- Small, thin body frame, very low body weight
- Have had one or more fractures after the age of 50
- Have lost a half inch or more in height within one year
- Family history of osteoporosis
- Taking certain medicines
- Ethnic background
- Having osteopenia, which is low bone mass
- History of smoking or heavy drinking