Bone mineral density is a measurement of the minerals (mostly calcium and phosphate) present in your bones. This measurement tells your doctor how strong your bones are.
If your BMD test indicates lower-than-normal peak BMD, you may be diagnosed with osteopenia. Patients with osteopenia are at greater risk of developing osteoporosis if they do not take steps to slow or stop their bone loss.
Learn more about steps you can take to prevent osteoporosis.
How Can I Determine My Bone Health?
Talk with your doctor about your risk factors. A baseline bone mineral density test (BMD) can:
- Detect osteoporosis before a fracture occurs
- Predict chances of future fractures
- Determine rate of bone loss
- Monitor the effects of treatment
What Can I Expect During a BMD Test?
- The test is quick and painless.
- Patients lie on a large table fully clothed while the bone destiny unit scans the body
- Bone mass is calculated and compared to an established standard
- Reports are sent to your primary care physician for follow-up if necessary
- The X-ray dose from the bone density test is very low; however, if you are pregnant or might be pregnant, inform the technologist before your test