Bones provide a strong framework for the body in addition to supporting normal, healthy movement. Strong bones have a specific density or mass designed to support the weight of the other tissues as well as facilitate normal motions and physical activity. Sometimes, bone density can begin to decline, resulting in weakened bones that are far more likely to break. Bone density scans are painless tests that evaluate the mass of bones to determine if bone loss is occurring or to manage the treatment of bone loss in patients with osteopenia or osteoporosis.
Bone density scans use a special type of low-emission x-ray to evaluate bone tissue, usually in the thigh, forearm or lower spine. Sometimes, tests are performed on the smaller bones of the wrist or fingers. Scans may be performed using a large scanner similar to the large x-ray machine used to image bones when a fracture is suspected, or using a portable scanner. Most scans take about 10 to 30 minutes to complete and are completely painless. Bone density scanning is sometimes referred to as bone densitometry, dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry or DEXA.
Osteoporosis is a disease that causes bones to become porous and brittle, making them much more likely to break. In osteoporosis, the bones lose their ability to replace old, worn bone with new, healthy bone at a rate necessary to keep bones healthy and strong. People who have osteoporosis have low levels of minerals in their bones, decreasing the overall strength of the bone tissue matrix. Without appropriate care, bones will continue to weaken over time, making those who have the disease much more likely to develop broken bones. In severe stages of the disease, even simple motions like walking, standing or coughing can cause bones to fracture. Osteoporosis occurs most commonly in the bones of the thighs, forearms, and spine, but it can affect other bones as well. Osteopenia is considered a “precursor” to osteoporosis and refers to bones that are less dense than normal but have not progressed to osteoporosis.
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