Bone mineral density test
Alternate Names : BMD test, Bone density test, Bone densitometry, DEXA scan, DXA, Dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry
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Bone density scan
A bone density scan measures the density of bone in a person. The lower the density of a bone the higher the risk of fractures. A bone scan, along with a patient's medical history, is a useful aid in evaluating the probability of a fracture and whether any preventative treatment is needed. A bone density scan has the advantage of being painless and exposing the patient to only a small amount of radiation.
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