The procedure measures bone density, commonly used to diagnose osteoporosis and to assess an individual’s risk for developing fractures.
Backache, sports injuries, anyone undergoing hormonal treatments and all general nondescript bone pain could warrant bone densitometry. It is also useful in assessing the response to treatment of these conditions.
Bone densitometry or BMD can be performed with a CT scan, or more commonly using a DEXA (dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry) scanner. DEXA is simple, fast and non-invasive. It uses a very small dose of ionizing radiation to produce pictures of the inside of the body (the lower spine and hips) to measure bone loss.
This examination requires no special preparation.
Women with the following characteristics are more prone to osteoporosis:
I am able to do a BMD during my health screening at Asiamedic & was able to detect low level of calcium in my body. I have started a calcium rich diet to improve my bone &joint condition. – Jaime