Bone Density

A bone mineral density (BMD) test, also called a bone mass measurement, is used to measure bone density and determine fracture risk for Osteoporosis. It may also be used to determine how effective an osteoporosis treatment is. The National Osteoporosis Foundation recommends BMD testing for the following individuals:
  • All women aged 65 and older regardless of risk factors
  • Younger postmenopausal women with one or more risk factors (other than being white, postmenopausal and female).
  • Postmenopausal women who present with fractures (to confirm the diagnosis and determine disease severity).
  • Estrogen deficient women at clinical risk for osteoporosis.
  • Individuals with vertebral abnormalities.
  • Individuals receiving, or planning to receive, long-term glucocorticoid (steroid) therapy.
  • Individuals with primary hyperparathyroidism.
  • Individuals being monitored to assess the response or efficacy of an approved osteoporosis drug therapy.