Bone Density Testing
Bone density testing is an accurate method of calculating a person’s bone density and structure
Bone density testing is an accurate method of calculating a person’s bone density, structure and their risk of breaking any bones. It measures how many grams of calcium and minerals exist in each segment of the bone, and is often used to test the spine, hips and forearms.
What does it involve?
The testing is performed using a Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry (DEXA) scan. It is quick, easy and painless to perform, usually taking no longer than 30 minutes. After the scan, an experienced radiographer will examine and document your results.
Who is it recommended for?
You may be advised to have bone density testing if you:
- Have high-risk of osteoporosis
- Are diagnosed with a disorder relating to osteoporosis, such as
- Rheumatoid Arthritis or Coeliac Disease
- Have a family history of hip fracture
- Have been taking steroids for 3 months or more
- Stopped getting your period a year before your menopause started
- Are very underweight with a BMI below 19
- Have suffered a fall or injury resulting in a fracture
- Experienced early menopause before age 45
- Have started your menopause- this causes some women to have very brittle bones, regardless of their bone density before the menopause