A bone mineral density (BMD) test, also called DXA scan, can help you evaluate your bone health. Through the use of low dose x-ray techniques your bone mass is determined, thus giving us a picture of your bone strength and risk of fracture.
This technique allows us to determine whether you have osteopenia or osteoporosis.
Getting a BMD test doesn’t require any special preparation. You don’t even have to undress. The DXA scanner passes over your body, reading your bone density in different areas. Your doctor will explain the results to you at your next visit.
If you are already being treated for osteoporosis, your doctor may order a follow-up DXA test to see how you are doing.