Bone Density Screening

Screening for osteoporosis is available on-site in our Northside office.

What is Osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis causes a decrease in bone mass, often referred to as thinning of bone. When this occurs, the patient with osteoporosis will have weaker bones and have a higher risk of bone fracture.

Who should have a bone density test?

  • All postmenopausal women under age 65 who have one or more additional risk factors for osteoporosis.
  • All women over the age of 65 regardless of additional risk factors.
  • Postmenopausal women who sustain a fracture.
  • Women who have been on hormone replacement therapy for prolonged periods.

Some of the most common risk factors:

  • Being female
  • Advanced age
  • Being Caucasian or Asian
  • Low bone mass
  • Being thin and having a small frame
  • Family history of osteoporosis
  • Estrogen deficiency as a result of menopause, especially early or surgically induced
  • Excessive alcohol intake

What is a DEXA scan (bone density test)

DEXA stands for dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry, and is considered the most accurate test for bone density. While standard x-rays show changes in the bone density after about 40% of bone loss, a DEXA scan can detect changes after about 1% of change. A DEXA scan last about 10 minutes, and exposes the patient to less radiation than a standard chest x-ray.