Bone Mineral Density (BMD) (DEXA Scan)

Bone mineral density (BMD) is a test that measures the amount of calcium in a specific region of the bones. From this information, an estimate of the strength of your bones can be made.  Bone Density tests are used to:

  • Identify decreases in bone density before you break a bone
  • Determine your risk of broken bones (fractures)
  • Confirm a diagnosis of osteoporosis
  • Monitor osteoporosis treatment

Your physician may recommend a bone density exam if you have:

  • Lost height
  • Fractured a bone
  • Taken certain drugs
  • Received a transplant
  • Had a drop in hormone levels