In-Office Bone Density Tests to Prevent Osteoporosis
Bone density tests, also called a densitometry or DXA scan, can be conducted in Dr. Maurice Leibman’s Houston office for your convenience.
Bone tests can determine whether the woman has, or is at risk of having, osteoporosis. Before this test was developed, osteoporosis could only be detected after a bone was broken, which could mean your bones were already weak. Now, because of the DXA scan, it is possible to know your risk of breaking bones before it happens and take preventative measures in advance.
The Bone Density Test is basically an X-ray that measures how many grams of calcium and other bone minerals are packed into a segment of bone.
The National Osteoporosis Foundation recommends bone density testing if:
- You are age 65 or older.
- You are postmenopausal under age 65 with one or more risk factors for osteoporosis such as low body weight or have a history of fractures.
- You are older than age 50 and have had broken bones.
- You are postmenopausal and have stopped taking estrogen therapy or hormone therapy.
If the test shows your bone density is weak, Dr. Leibman will work with you on a treatment plan to help restore missing minerals.