The most troubling thing that you'll learn about osteoporosis is that you can't always see it or feel it. You may actually feel fine, and you first symptom may be a broken bone. In fact 40% of women over age 50 will suffer a bone fracture because of a postmenopausal osteoporosis!
The good news is that osteoporosis can be prevented. We use a bone density test to help us determine your risk for the disease, so that we can counsel you on ways to help stop bone loss and prevent future fractures. The only thing left to do is to make an appointment for your bone density test.
There are several types of bone density tests. The most common type - and the one we highly recommend - is the DEXA (Dual Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry) test.
The DEXA is similar to other X-Ray tests, only it measures the density of your bones. Best of all is that the test is easy, quick and painless!
The results of the DEXA test are commonly reported as a T-score. The T-score is based on a scale that compares your bone density to that of an average young adult women. That "average" bone density is rated "0", and your T-score reflects how close to or far from the average your bone density is. Those whose T-score is below the average have an increased risk of osteoporosis. The lower the T-score, the higher the risk of bone fracture.
If you do decide to take the DEXA Scan (which we highly recommend), you should prepare as follows. On the day of the test you can eat and drink as usual. If you are currently taking calcium supplements, do NOT take it 24hr. before the test, at is can set off accurate results. As for a proper dress, wear loose, comfortable clothing like sweatpants and a T-shirt, but nothing with metal, such as zippers, snaps, buttons, or buckles. And no jewelry! The test runs very smoothly. You just relax on a cushioned bed, while a scanner arm passes over your body. About 20 min. later you will be on your way home.