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Following a comprehensive medical assessment, your doctor may recommend that you have your bone mass measured. Bone mineral density (BMD) tests measure bone density in the spine, wrist, and/or hip (the most common sites of fractures due to osteoporosis), while others measure bone in the heel or hand. These tests are painless, noninvasive, and safe. Bone density tests can:
To detect for signs of osteoporosis accurately, doctors use a special kind of x-ray technology called dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry, or DEXA.
DEXA is a short painless procedure that measures bone mineral density (BMD) of the lower spine and hips.
A DEXA procedure can be performed in about 20 minutes.
The results of the test will be interpreted by a radiologist who will discuss the findings with your primary care physician.
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