Osteoporosis is a debilitating disease in which bones become fragile and are more likely to break. This is due to a loss of minerals, especially calcium. A bone density test, also referred to as a DXA scan, is a test that measures bone mass. This test uses small amounts of radiation to measure bone density and can detect osteoporosis at an earlier stage than an ordinary x-ray. Osteoporosis commonly affects the spine, hip, and wrist. Bone mineral density testing can detect low bone mass, determine the risk of fragility fracture, and monitor therapy.
What are Bone Density Tests?
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