Dual-Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry (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 hipbones. The graph shows the bone density number in the green zone (normal).
Figure 2 shows a bone density test of an older woman who has osteoporosis. The X-ray shows weaker hipbones. 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:
December 7, 2020
Author: Healthwise Staff Medical Review: Anne C. Poinier MD - Internal Medicine Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine Carla J. Herman MD, MPH - Geriatric Medicine
Medical Review:Anne C. Poinier MD - Internal Medicine & Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Carla J. Herman MD, MPH - Geriatric Medicine