Bone Density Scan

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Last Updated: 03 May 2022

A bone density scan uses low dose X-rays to see how thick your bones are. In addition to being painless and fast, a bone density scan is more efficient than normal X-rays in identifying low bone density. You might require to have a bone density scan if you're: over 50 with a risk of developing osteoporosis; under 50 with other risk factors, such as smoking cigarettes or a previous busted bone. The arise from a bone density scan are usually used together with a fracture risk analysis to examine your chances of osteoporosis and breaking a bone. During a bone density scan, a special type of X-ray called dual energy X-ray absorptiometry is travelled through your body. Your bone density measurements will be compared to the bone density of a young healthy and balanced adult or an adult of your own age, sex and ethnic background.

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