Bone Mineral Density Scan (BMD) Mississauga
Ontario Diagnostic Centres
What is bone mineral density test?
A bone mineral density test uses X-rays to measure the amount of minerals — namely calcium — in your bones. This test is important for people who are at risk for osteoporosis, especially women and older adults.
The test is also referred to as dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA). It’s an important test for osteoporosis, which is the most common type of bone disease. Osteoporosis causes your bone tissue to become thin and frail over time and leads to disabling fractures.
Who should have a BMD test done?
If you think of having a BMD test, the first step is to talk to your health care provider about it. Prior to this you need to find out the risk factors for osteoporosis. There are particular guidelines to help you establish if you require a BMD test. Here is a list of recommendations for individuals who require a BMD test:
Women in the age group of 65 and above.
Men in the age group of 70 and above.
Women below 65 years who have touched the menopause stage and have a risk for osteoporosis ( it may stem from family history, being thin and small and smoking habits).
Individuals who fracture a bone post age 50 or have undergone a height loss of one and a half inches.
Individuals above 50 years taking drugs associated with bone loss or low bone mass.