Bone Density Tests

Osteoporosis is a debilitating disease that can cause your bones to become fragile and break more easily. A bone density test will help you determine whether you have osteoporosis, so you can take steps to stop the disease’s progression.

“During the test, your doctor will use X-rays to determine the amount of calcium in your bones,” says Philip W. Taylor, MD, FACP, rheumatologist at Saint Francis Medical Center. “The test is performed on the bones of your body that are most likely to break, such as your lower spine bones, Taylor_Philipyour femur or the bones in your forearm.”

Your “T-score” is the number of units your bone density is above or below average. If your score is -1 or above, you have normal bone density. However, if your score is -2.5 or below, you have osteoporosis and will need to talk to your doctor about follow-up steps.

For more information, call 573-331-3000.

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