• Reviewed on 4/14
    By Dr. Goldstein

Osteoporosis: Diagnosis

Your health care provider will ask questions about your health and give you a complete checkup. Part of a complete checkup 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

  • 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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