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Bone Density Scan

A bone density test, also known as a bone mineral density test or bone densitometry, is currently the optimal method of diagnosing osteoporosis. Using a special type of X-ray, a bone density scan provides valuable information about bone strength, fragility, and the risk of fractures and/or broken bones.

At Bergman Ross, we offer state-of-the-art bone density testing services to help you understand and manage your bone health effectively.

What is a bone density test?

A bone density test is a non-invasive procedure that uses specialised equipment to measure the density of your bones. It provides valuable information about the mineral content and strength of your bones, helping to identify conditions such as osteoporosis or low bone density. By detecting bone loss at an early stage, you can take proactive steps to prevent fractures and maintain optimal bone health.

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How does a bone density scan work?

During a bone density scan, you will lie comfortably on a table while a machine called a dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) scanner passes over your body. This scanner emits low-dose X-rays, which are absorbed differently by bones and other tissues. By comparing the amount of X-ray energy absorbed by your bones to that absorbed by a reference population, the DXA scanner calculates your bone density and assigns a T-score.

Bone density test results

After your bone density scan, you will receive a detailed report that includes your T-score. This score compares your bone density to that of a healthy young adult of the same sex. The results are categorised as follows:

Normal:

Normal:

Your bone density falls within the expected range for your age and sex.

Osteopenia:

Osteopenia:

Your bone density is lower than normal but not yet in the osteoporosis range. This indicates a higher risk of fractures.

Osteoporosis:

Osteoporosis:

Your bone density is significantly lower than normal, putting you at a greater risk of fractures.

Severe osteoporosis

Severe osteoporosis

Your bone density is extremely low, indicating a high risk of fractures and requiring immediate medical attention.

Based on your results, our experienced healthcare professionals will work with you to develop a personalised treatment plan to improve your bone health and reduce the risk of fractures.

Who should go for bone mineral density test?

Bone density testing is recommended for individuals who are at higher risk of developing osteoporosis or experiencing bone fractures. It is particularly important for:

Postmenopausal <br>women:

Postmenopausal
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Women who have reached menopause, as hormonal changes during this phase can lead to bone loss.

Older <br> adults:

Older
adults:

Both men and women over the age of 65 are at an increased risk of developing osteoporosis.

Individuals with risk factors:

Individuals with risk factors:

People with a family history of osteoporosis, low body weight, sedentary lifestyle, smoking habit, or prolonged use of certain medications (such as corticosteroids) may benefit from bone density testing.

Those who have experienced fractures:

Those who have experienced fractures:

If you have had a fracture with minimal trauma, it is essential to assess your bone health to determine the underlying cause.

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FAQs

Here are the answers to the most asked questions around bone mineral density scans. 

Contact us to schedule your bone density test today and take the first step towards a healthier future.

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