Osteoporosis | Diagnosis & Tests

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How is osteoporosis diagnosed?

If you doctor suspects osteoporosis, he or she may suggest you have a bone scan. A common test that measures bone density is called a dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA). This test measures the density of the bones in your hips, spine and wrist, which are all places likely to be affected by osteoporosis.

Your doctor may also order an ultrasound or a computerized tomography (CT) scan to help check the density of your bones.

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 01/11
Created: 01/96

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