Your healthcare provider will ask questions about your health and give you a complete check-up. Part of a complete check-up includes a specialized x-ray test called bone densitometry (DEXA), which can:
Detect osteoporosis before a fracture occurs;
Predict your chances of fracturing in the future; and
Determine your rate of bone loss and/or monitor the effects of treatment.
Your doctor also may order a urine test to detect calcium loss or markers of bone resorption (the loss of bone through deterioration).