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Bone Mineral Density Test

Bone Mineral Density Test

What is Bone Mineral Density Test

Bone Mineral Density (BMD) is a measure of the amount of minerals, particularly calcium, contained in your bones. This measurement is an excellent indicator of your overall bone health and can provide vital information about your risk of bone fractures and conditions like osteoporosis. A BMD test is the primary test used to identify osteoporosis and assess an individual's risk for developing fractures.

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BMD Test Procedure & Results

The BMD test is a painless, non-invasive procedure that uses low levels of X-rays to measure the proportion of mineral in your bones. The test results are reported in two numbers: T-score and Z-score. The T-score is a comparison of a person's BMD with that of a healthy 30-year-old of the same sex, while the Z-score is a comparison of a person's BMD with that of an average person of the same age and sex.

Frequently Asked Questions

The primary purpose of a BMD test is to diagnose bone loss and osteoporosis, predict your chances of future bone fractures, and monitor the effects of treatment if you've been diagnosed with osteoporosis. It's also used to determine whether you have osteopenia, a less severe form of bone loss.

During the test, you lie on a padded platform while a machine arm passes over your body. The test generally concentrates on a few key areas, such as the spine, hip, or wrist. You remain still during the scan, and the procedure is painless.

Preparation for the BMD test is relatively straightforward. You might need to avoid taking calcium supplements for at least 24 hours beforehand since they can affect the test results. It's also advisable to wear loose, comfortable clothing and avoid wearing clothes with metal buttons or zippers.

The test results of Bone mineral density is usually measured using T-scores: -1 to +1 is within the normal range, -1 to -2.5 indicates osteopenia, and -2.5 or lower suggests osteoporosis.

The BMD test is a safe procedure with virtually no side effects. It exposes you to less radiation than a standard chest X-ray. However, it is not recommended for pregnant women due to potential risk to the fetus from radiation exposure.

Yes, age significantly influences BMD. Bone mass peaks during your 20s to early 30s. As you age, your bones can become less dense, which is why the risk of osteoporosis increases with age.

The frequency of BMD testing depends on various factors, including your age, your bone health, and whether you're taking osteoporosis medication. Your doctor can give you advice tailored to your specific circumstances.

While the BMD test is the most common and reliable method to measure bone density, alternative tests such as Quantitative Computed Tomography (QCT) or Quantitative Ultrasound (QUS) can also provide information about bone health. Your doctor can discuss the best option for you based on your individual needs and circumstances.

A bone density test can detect osteoporosis, evaluate the risk of fractures, and track the effectiveness of treatment.

Milk and fortified plant-based milk, rich in nutrients like calcium and vitamin D are beneficial for bone density.

Women over the age of 65 and men over the age of 70 are advised to undergo bone mineral density testing. However, if there are any risk factors present, it is recommended to have the test done earlier.

The price of Bone mineral density in Hyderabad starts from ₹1500/-. Sprint Diagnostics offers affordable bone mineral density tests in Hyderabad at your nearest locations.

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