Dual-Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry (DXA) of Osteoporosis

DXA of osteoporosis

Courtesy of Intermountain Medical Imaging, Boise, Idaho.

Figure 1 shows a bone density test of a healthy older woman. The X-ray shows normal hip bones. The graph shows the bone density number in the green zone (normal). Figure 2 shows a bone density test of an older woman with osteoporosis. The X-ray shows weaker hip bones. The graph shows the bone density number in the red zone (osteoporosis), placing her at much greater risk for broken bones (fractures).

Current as of: April 15, 2020

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
Anne C. Poinier MD - Internal Medicine
Brian D. O'Brien MD - Internal Medicine
Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
Carla J. Herman MD, MPH - Geriatric Medicine

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