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The importance of Bone Mineral Density Exams (DXA scans)

The Importance of Bone Mineral Density Exams (DXA scans) A dual-energy absorptiometry (DXA) scan can provide a snapshot of your bonehealth. This test determines bone mineral density (BMD) and helps in establishingfracture risk, and, with serial testing, is a way to measure response to osteoporosistreatment. The most widely recognized test for determining BMD is the [...]

By |2019-05-13T16:41:49-04:00March 7th, 2018|0 Comments

Do You Know Your Level of Risk?

May is Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention month ~ Do You Know Your Level of Risk?   It is my opinion that every woman and man should have a bone density examination (dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry or DXA) between the ages of 40 and 45...even if there are no risk factors for osteoporosis. THAT is a bold [...]

By |2019-05-14T22:26:07-04:00May 29th, 2015|0 Comments

Osteopenia: Silent But Serious

Typically, we don't consider osteopenia (T-score of -1.0 to -2.4) as a serious threat to our health, but maybe we should. In a recent study out of the UK (Lynn et al., 2012) the authors found fractures in osteopenic individuals not to be uncommon. Distal long bones (such as the forearm, tibia, fibula and metatarsals) [...]

By |2019-02-25T14:57:14-04:00September 1st, 2012|0 Comments


Degenerative joint disease (DJD) of the lumber spine (in addition to compression fractures, scoliosis, and aortic calcification) often leads to misinterpretation of bone density (DXA) scans and the under-diagnosis of osteoporosis. In a study published in Osteoporosis International (Tenne et al., 2012), researchers reported: "Clinical use of spinal BMD [bone mineral density] measurements become increasingly problematic [...]

By |2019-07-18T09:39:48-04:00August 23rd, 2012|0 Comments