Diagnostic imaging tests are often used to treat various diseases, monitor areas of concern, and provide doctors with answers to important medical questions. At Rosetta Radiology, we offer various imaging services that help our radiologist best serve our patients needs. Bone density tests, also known as DEXA bone densitometry, are important when monitoring current or potential bone health issues.
Let’s take a closer look what our radiologist use them for.
Bone density tests are most commonly used to diagnose and best treat osteoporosis, a medical condition in which bones become fragile and more at risk for fractures. Osteoporosis can develop with age and is typically triggered by hormonal change or deficiency of calcium or vitamin D.
Bone density tests can be used to see signs for bone fractures in the future or determine the most effect treatment for those suffering from osteoporosis. A bone density tests can identify the risk of developing osteoporosis before they break which can help reduce the likeliness of a bone fracture.
How does a bone density test work?
A DEXA scan utilizes x-rays to determine how much calcium and other bone minerals can be found in one area of bone. The spine, hip, and forearm are the most common areas for this test. The mineral density is compared to the established standard for bone density and can help predict bone problems.
Radiologists analyze a bone density test based of a t-score. A t-score is the results gathered by the tests which later is compared to the ideal mineral density. The scale begins with a normal bone mineral density score of 0. Anything below a t-score of 0 poses a risk for osteoporosis.
A negative t-score can be caused by numerous factors. Various medical conditions and medications are just a few reasons why someone may have a low bone mass. Fortunately, having low bone mass does not always result in osteoporosis. Doctors may suggest lifestyle changes that can help promote healthier bones in the future.
Bone density scans are important to maintaining bone health and monitoring bone disease. Our board certified radiologists are able to give you an insight to your bone density mass if you have concerns about fractures or osteoporosis. Book your DEXA bone density test today if you’re concerned about your bone health.