The bone density test diagnoses osteopenia and osteoporosis, according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation. It is also used to determine whether bone density is improving, getting worse or remaining static. If a pers... More » Health Diagnostics & Imaging

A bone density test measures a person's bone density by using X-rays to determine the amount of bone minerals, particularly calcium, in a bone segment of the forearm, hip, spine or another body part, according to Mayo Cl... More » Health Medical Ranges & Levels

A bone density test is a quick, painless procedure that requires no preparation on the patient's part, according to Mayo Clinic. The test should take about 10 to 30 minutes and can be done in a doctor's office, pharmacy ... More » Health Diagnostics & Imaging
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A bone density test is used to determine whether a patient has osteoporosis or not, according to Mayo Clinic. During a bone density test, x-rays are used to determine how many milligrams of bone minerals are present in a... More » Health Diagnostics & Imaging

A bone density scan is a test used to measure bone loss, according to the Radiological Society of North America. It is most often used to measure bone loss due to osteoporosis. More » Health Diagnostics & Imaging

The Mayo Clinic website features a chart to help interpret bone density test results. Results of bone density tests are reported by T-scores and Z-scores, according to Mayo Clinic. The chart on the website assists in tel... More » Health Diagnostics & Imaging

Osteopenia is diagnosed when an individual has reduced bone mass that has not yet progressed into osteoporosis, according to WebMD. Those with the condition are at a greater risk of developing osteoporosis in the future.... More » Health Diagnostics & Imaging