Bone density testing is safe, quick, easy, and painless. It can detect osteoporosis before a fracture happens. It can also measure the response to treatment. There are several types of tests that you may have, including:
Any bone can fracture, but with osteoporosis some bones fracture more easily. These include bones in the spine, wrist, shoulder, and hip. That’s why bone density testing may be done at one or more of these sites.
The results of your test may seem confusing at first. Don’t be afraid to ask your provider to explain. Your healthcare provider will compare your bone mineral density (BMD) with the BMD of young, healthy bone. The result is called a T-score. Bones remodel at different rates. So, a healthy T-score in the wrist doesn’t mean the spine is also healthy. That’s why more than one site may be scanned.