Bone Mineral Density Scan (BMD)
BMD (bone mineral density) is an X-Ray that is used to produce pictures of inside body to measure bone loss. It is also called as DEXA (dual energy X-Ray absorptiometry) or bone density test or bone densitometry scan. It is used to assess the risk of osteoporosis and risk of developing fractures. It is used to detect the mineral density of bones and how strong your bones are. There are two different types of scanning devices are available like Central DEXA device and Peripheral DEXA device. Central DEXA devices help to measure bone density in the center of your skeletons like hip and spine. Whereas peripheral DEXA device helps to measure bone density in wrist, heel or finger.
In the process of BMD, a machine sends low energy X-Rays from two different sources through the bone and a number of X-Rays coming through the bone are measured by a detector and sent to the computer to calculate average density of bones. It is a noninvasive procedure and it takes 10 to 20 minutes to recover the process depending on the part of your body being examined.
A bone mineral density scan is advised to people over 50 years of age. If your bones are less dense, they are more likely to break. Bone Mineral Density test can diagnose osteoporosis before a broken bone happen and to confirm diagnosis of osteoporosis. High dense bones are strong and are less likely to break. Bone density test is different from bone scans. Bone density test is used to the level of minerals in bone, whereas bone scans are used to detect fractures, infections and abnormalities in the bones. Doctors recommend bone density test if you have lost height, fractured a bone, received a transplant, use drugs or medications and natural drop in hormone level. Bone mineral density tests are fast, painless, involves very low radiation and no preparation is required.
A radiologist and a trained physician interpret the results and send report to the doctors. Bone mineral density or DEXA is the preferred method available for diagnosis of osteoporosis. Reports are usually in terms of T-score and Z-score. T-score compares your density with healthy young people and Z-score compares your bone density with people of your age. A negative number score indicates that you have thinner bones and there is a high risk of fracture and osteoporosis. Low bone density or low calcium in your bones increase risk of osteoporosis and bone fractures. The DEXA also useful to detect weather cancer has spread to the bones or not.
Bone Mineral Density Test at Radlabs Medical Diagnostics
Radlabs Medical Diagnostics offer bone mineral density test to its customers over age of 50 years and other person at a very affordable cost in Hyderabad. With the help of experienced Radiologists and professionals, we provide accurate services by using the latest technology. We at Radlabs focus on providing comfort and security to the customers and with accurate and detailed results we help them to get proper treatment.