Bone Mineral Densitometry: Why is it Done?

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Bone mineral density is measured to:

  • Detect the presence of osteopenia or osteoporosis in a person who has risk factors for developing osteoporosis.
  • Detect osteoporosis. Signs of osteoporosis include an unexpected fracture, loss of height, and bone changes seen on standard X-ray pictures. Osteoporosis is most common in women who have gone through menopause.
  • Help determine whether a woman who has gone through menopause may benefit by hormone replacement therapy.
  • Monitor treatment for osteoporosis.
  • Screen women who are older than 65 for osteoporosis. Women younger than 65 may be screened for osteoporosis if they have certain risk factors that indicate screening may be beneficial.
Last updated: Mon, 2011-04-04 09:58