Bone Density Scanning – DEXA Scan

Bone density tests use X-rays or sound waves to measure how strong your bones are. Bone density tests are used to definitively diagnose bone loss and osteoporosis.

The most widely recognized bone mineral density test is dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry, commonly known as a DEXA scan. A DEXA scan uses low level of X-rays and is quick and painless. A scanner passes over your whole body while you’re lying on a cushioned table. A DEXA scan can measure the bone mineral density of your whole skeleton, as well as specific points that are more likely to break, such as the hip, spine and wrist. Using a DEXA scan to measure bone mineral density at the hip and spine is considered the most reliable way to diagnose osteoporosis and predict the risk of breaking a bone.

The Link Between Breast Cancer and Osteoporosis

Women who have had breast cancer treatment may be at increased risk for osteoporosis and fracture. Bone Health and fracture prevention have become important health issues among breast cancer survivors.

Osteoporosis Management Strategies

Several strategies can reduce one’s risk for osteoporosis or lessen the effects of the disease in women who have already been diagnosed.