Bone Density Test
With locations in both Rock Hill and Fort Mill, SC, Rock Hill GYN & OB recommends undergoing a bone density test in order to diagnose osteoporosis. Rest assured that you are always treated with the utmost care and respect by the members of our medical team. We invite you to learn more about bone density testing and to contact us to schedule an appointment.
Central Bone Density Tests
The most reliable method of performing a bone density test is dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry, or DEXA. This scan uses spectral imaging to measure bone mineral density. The purpose is to determine your overall bone health as well as to assess the risk of a fracture due to osteoporosis. During this painless scan, you recline on a table in an open space and remain as still as possible while the scanner passes over your body. DEXA uses one high energy X-ray beam and one low energy X-ray beam and usually focuses on your hip or spine. The machine measures how much of the X-rays pass through your bone from each beam. The difference between these two numbers allows us to measure your bone density. It usually takes about 10 to 20 minutes to complete the scan and then you can go home and resume your normal activities.
After you commence treatment, it may be recommended that you undergo a quantitative computed tomography, or QCT, test after a couple of years. This is to determine how well your treatments for osteoporosis are working.
Peripheral Bone Density Tests
These are screening tests that measure bone density in specific areas including the lower arm, wrist, finger, or heel. These may be recommended to identify if further bone density testing may be beneficial. They include:
- pDXA - Peripheral Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry
- QUS - Quantitative Ultrasound
- pQCT - Peripheral Quantitative Computed Tomography
Who Should Have a Bone Density Test?
Postmenopausal women who are over the age of 50 and who have recently broken a bone should definitely consider a bone density test. It may also be recommended for:
- Women over the age of 65
- Men over the age of 70
- Anyone who breaks a bone after age 50
- If you have risk factors of osteoporosis
- If you have an X-ray of your spine showing a break or bone loss in your spine
- If you experience back pain with a possible break in your spine
- If your height has decreased significantly
Schedule an Appointment
You deserve to make your health a priority. Contact Rock Hill GYN & OB to schedule an appointment to discover if you might benefit from a bone density test.