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BMD (Bone Mineral Density)

  • Measures the density of minerals in your bones using a special X-ray or computed tomography (CT) scans. Used to estimate strength of bones.
  • Can detect osteoporosis and risk of bone fractures, which is most common in women above 65 and men over 70.
  • During the procedure, you will lie flat on a table for several minutes white a small x-ray detector scans your spine, one hip or both. You only receive a very small amount of radiation, which is completely safe and painless.
  • The National Institutes of Health recommend that the following people get this procedure:
    1. All women over the age of 65
    2. Women over the age of 60 who are at high risk for osteoporosis
    3. Men over the age of 70
    4. Individuals taking glucocorticoid medications (for autoimmune disorders) for 2 months or longer


  • Remove jewelry that might interfere with the scan
  • Inform technician of possible pregnancy

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