A bone density scan is an easy, painless and non-invasive way for doctors to measure major bone mass throughout your body. The test will exhibit signs of mineral loss or bone thinning in your hip, heel, finger, spine, shinbone or wrist. A basic bone density test takes an average of 20 minutes and can help your doctor determine if you are at risk of osteoporosis. Here are the top three reasons to get a bone density scan.
Over the age of 65
Women and men both over the age of 65 should have regular bone density scans. Throughout time your body absorbs old bone material and creates new bone layers. As the body ages your bones naturally become thinner because you start absorbing more phosphate and calcium from your bones than is being created naturally in your body. If you are injured and have thin bones, it can lead to debilitating fractures, especially in the hip, wrist and spine areas. The scans can help your doctor keep track of the strength of your bones and plan the best proceedings for your bone health and to slow the rate of bone loss.
If you are a female
Women’s bones weaken faster than men’s do typically because menopause estrogen levels drop causing major bone loss. If you have gone through menopause (especially if early) you should get a bone density scan to get a baseline so you can track the density in your bones over the years to see if the drop in estrogen has reduced the density in your bones.
Your overall health makes a huge difference in your bone density levels. If you have a calcium deficient diet, are underweight or small boned, or have experienced an early menopause there is a chance that your bones may start thinning out before you are over the age of 65. External risk such as medications, significant caffeine intake or smoking can consequently cause bone weakening.
Glendale MRI Institute can perform a fast and easy bone density scan, providing you the results in a couple days to determine your risk of osteoporosis and dangerous fractures. We have affordable cash prices if you have a high insurance deductible or your insurance won’t cover it. Please contact us anytime for more information.