Dexa scans are the most commonly used test to measure bone density. Your results from this test can be a great help as you monitor your Osteopenia treatment plan. Your results can help you decide if you need to make adjustments in your plan.
Dexa stands for ‘Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry’. It is the most commonly used test for measuring bone mineral density. It is one of the most accurate ways to diagnosis Osteopenia or Osteoporosis.This test is so accurate that your follow up dexa scan can be used to monitor your treatment to learn if your plan is working.
INDICATIONS FOR BONE MINERAL DENSITY [BMD] TESTING
· Women age 65 and older.
· Postmenopausal women under age 56 with risk factors for fracture.
· Women in menopausal transition with risk factors for fracture*.
· Men aged 70 and older
· Men under age 70 with risk factors for fracture*
· Adults with a fragility fracture
· Adults with a disease or condition associated with low bone mass or bone loss[hyperparathyroidism, chronic liver/ kidney disease, malabsorption , eating disorders etc.
· Adults taking medications associated with low bone mass or bone loss[ Corticosteroids, anticonvulsants, heparin etc.]
· Anyone being considered for osteoporosis treatment.
· Anyone being treated, to monitor treatment effect.
· Any one not receiving therapy in whom evidence of bone loss would lead to treatment
* Risk factors for fracture
· Body weight less than 127 pounds
· Family history of osteoporosis or fragility fracture
· Personal history of fracture in adulthood
· Low calcium and vitamin D intake
· Little or no weight – bearing exercise.
· Current cigarette smoking
· Significant alcohol intake
· Lack of estrogen
· Use of high –risk medications
Please ask your doctor if a bone mineral density test is appropriate for you