The National Osteoporosis Foundation estimates 55% of people age 50 and older in the United States have osteoporosis or low bone mass. Of these, more than 14 million men and 30 million women are affected by this condition.
Osteoporosis is a thinning of the bones which causes the bones to become fragile and more likely to break. If diagnosed early, there are treatments available to slow down bone loss and to treat osteoporosis.
What is a bone density test?
A bone density test measures your bone mineral density at your hip and spine which shows your doctor if you have osteopenia or osteoporosis. There are two ways to measure bone mineral density: DXA/DEXA or QCT.
Check with your doctor to find out if you need a bone density test. Your doctor will write you an order for your test and you can call a center near you that offers Bone Density to schedule your test.