Osteoporosis is a disease that thins and weakens the bones. When this occurs, bones can break easily. Bones in the hip, spine (backbone), and wrist are most often affected. The inside of bone normally looks like a honeycomb. In Osteoporosis, the spaces in this honeycomb grow larger. As more bone is broken down and not replaced, the inside of the bone weakens. The Revere Health Osteoporosis Center helps provide patients the specialized, coordinated care they need.
Who Needs Bone Mineral Density (BMD) Testing?
Women aged 65 and older
Postmenopausal women under age 65 with risk factors for fracture
Women during the menopausal transition with clinical risk factors for fracture, such as low body weight, prior fracture, or high-risk medication use
Men aged 70 and older
Men under age 70 with clinical risk factors for fracture
Adults with a fragility fracture
Adults with a disease or condition associated with low bone mass or bone loss
Adults taking medications associated with low bone mass or bone loss
Anyone being considered for pharmacologic therapy
Anyone being treated, to monitor treatment effect
Anyone not receiving therapy in whom evidence of bone loss would lead to treatment
Women discontinuing estrogen should be considered for bone density testing according to the indications listed above.
Women discontinuing estrogen should be considered for bone density testing according to the indications listed above
Bone density studies / DEXA (Dual Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry) for lumbar spine and hips
Skeletal Health Assessment In Children and Adolescents Males and Females ages 5-19
Total body assessment is body composition analysis in the management of obesity, and other low muscle mass states, general health and pediatric skeletal disease
Vertebral Fracture assessment. This is a test that looks at the individual bones in your back, called vertebral bodies, to see if any of them have an abnormal shape. If the height of one of these bones is less than expected, it could be due to a vertebral fracture. This may be the result of osteoporosis or an injury to the spine