Bone Densitometry testing is done with the use of specialized equipment that passes a low dose X-Ray through the bones being examined. The results of this test are used to identify bone loss and measure bone mineral density.
Bone Densitometry is used to:
- Diagnose estrogen deficiency in women at clinical risk for osteoporosis
- Find evidence of vertebral abnormalities
- Monitor long term steroid use
- Monitor patients with primary hyperparathyroidism
- Monitoring to assess response to approved drug therapies for osteoporosis
- Diagnose a fracture after only mild trauma.
- Monitor patients that have type 1 diabetes, liver disease, kidney disease or a family history of osteoporosis.
- Monitor people with Gorhams vanishing bone disease/Lymphangiomatosis