Bone Density

A bone density test determines the strength of your bones. Your physian may order a bone density test if you:

  • are a post-menopausal woman and not taking estrogen
  • have a personal or maternal history of hip fracture or smoking
  • are a post-menopausal woman who is tall (over 5 feet 7 inches) or thin (less than 125 pounds)
  • are a man with clinical conditions associated with bone loss
  •  use medications that are known to cause bone loss, including corticosteroids such as Prednisone, various anti-seizure medications such as Dilantin and certain barbiturates, or high-dose thyroid replacement drugs
  • have type 1 (formerly called juvenile or insulin-dependent) diabetes, liver disease, kidney disease or a family history of osteoporosis
  • have a thyroid condition
  • have a parathyroid condition, such as hyperparathyroidism
  • have experienced a fracture after only mild trauma
  • have had x-ray evidence of vertebral fracture or other signs of osteoporosis
  • If you  have lost more than an inch of height or have unexplained back pain
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