A bone density test determines whether a person is at risk for osteoporosis, a disease that causes bones to become fragile and break more easily. Saint Francis Medical Center’s Womancare offers bone density tests for men and women who have obtained referrals from their physicians.
“Most insurance companies cover bone density tests every two years for postmenopausal women,” says Trinka Hileman, RN, BSN, MBA, director of Womancare. “This test can indicate whether you need to seek treatment for osteoporosis.”
The results of bone density tests are reported as a T-score and a Z-score. The T-score compares your bone density to the optimal bone density of your gender, and the Z-score compares it to others of the same age, weight, ethnicity and gender. If the T-score is too low, your doctor will look at the Z-score to determine if there is something unusual about your bone loss.
For more information, call 573-331-3000.