DEXA bone density testing is the most accurate method available for the diagnosis of osteoporosis.  It is also considered an accurate estimator of fracture risk.

Evaluate for osteoporosis due to calcium loss which is a silent progressive disease characterized by decrease in bone density and increased bone fragility.

DEXA bone density scan

Quick overview of a DEXA

Women are at greatest risk. One-third of women over age 50 have osteoporosis.
After menopause, a woman’s risk of suffering a spine or femur fracture is 3 times that of a man.
Early detection and intervention is crucial.

Most common causes of calcium loss are:

Early menopause
Over age 50
Reduced calcium intake
Thin and small framed
Drugs such as cortisone
Endocrine treatment for prostate cancer
Treatments for obesity in adults and children