Bone density screening is the standard measure used to prevent and diagnose osteoporosis. The bone density test helps predict the risk of breaking bones and can monitor the effects of osteoporosis treatment.
A bone density test uses X-rays to measure the amount of minerals in the bones to determine the presence or extent of osteoporosis. The less dense the bones are, the more likely they are to break.
Bone density tests are quick and painless. No special preparation is required. Your doctor may ask you to stop taking certain vitamins containing calcium a few days prior to the exam. The scan takes as little as ten minutes.