Why it is done?

Doctors use bone density testing to:

decreases in bone density before you break a bone

Determine your risk of broken bones (fractures)

Confirm a diagnosis of osteoporosis if you've experienced broken bones

Monitor osteoporosis treatment

It is recommended to take this test if,

You're a woman age 65 or older

You're a postmenopausal woman under age 65 with one or more risk factors for osteoporosis

You're a man age 70 or older

You're a man between age 50 and 70 with one or more risk factors for osteoporosis

You're older than age 50 and you've experienced a broken bone

You're a postmenopausal woman and you've stopped taking estrogen therapy or hormone therapy


How to Prepare for Bone Mineral Density

Bone density tests are easy, fast and painless. Virtually no preparation is needed. In fact, some simple versions of the bone density tests can be done at your local pharmacy or drugstore.

If you're having the test done at a medical center or hospital, be sure to tell your doctor beforehand if you've had recent oral contrast or nuclear medicine tests. These tests require an injection of radioactive tracers that might interfere with your bone density test.