Bone Density Screening Devices - Importance and Uses

Bone density screening devices are medical tools used to measure the density of bones. These devices help in diagnosing conditions like osteoporosis and assessing fracture risk by evaluating bone strength.
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Available in hospitals, clinics, and diagnostic centers
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Bone Density Screening Devices FAQ

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What is a bone density test?

A bone density test determines if you have osteoporosis — a disorder characterized by bones that are more fragile and more likely to break. The test uses X-rays to measure how many grams of calcium and other bone minerals are packed into a segment of bone. The bones that are most commonly tested are in the spine, hip and sometimes the forearm.

What is a bone density scan?

A bone density scan is a medical test used to help diagnose osteoporosis. Bone density scans are also used to help see whether your risk of developing osteoporosis in the future is higher than average. Osteoporosis is a disease in which low bone density is a key symptom.

Where can I get a bone density scan?

Bone density scans are widely available through most medical imaging outlets (where breast screening, x-rays and ultra-sounds are also available), radiology centres, public hospitals and some specialist practices. A doctor’s referral is required for the scan. Who should have a bone density scan?

How is bone density measured?

There are several procedures which can be used to measure bone density, including: Dual energy x-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) – x-ray beams of differing energy are used to detect bone and soft tissue density separately. This technique can be used to measure bone density in the spine, hip, forearm and the total body.

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