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    By Dr. Goldstein

Osteoporosis: Diagnosis


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).

 

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