Your bones are living structures that are constantly rebuilding themselves. Over time, though, your body begins to lose its ability to replenish bone of the same strength and density, which could lead to osteoporosis. Talk to your doctor about the consequences of bone density loss and what can be done to detect it. In the video below, learn more about the DEXA bone mineral density test and how a screening can help you to protect or preserve your bone density.
The use of dual energy x-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) technology can help your doctor to screen for bone mineral density loss. The densitometer emits beams of low-grade x-rays that are absorbed by bone and soft tissue. This absorption is measured to determine your bone mineral density (BMD) and to calculate your T- and Z-scores, which compare your bone density to a similar reference population. If your bone mineral density is determined to be low, your doctor will work with you to create a treatment plan that preserves skeletal strength.
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