Dual-Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry (DXA) of Osteoporosis

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DXA of normal hipbones and DXA of osteoporosis in hipbones

Courtesy of Intermountain Medical Imaging, Boise, Idaho.

Figure 1 shows a bone density test of a healthy older woman. The X-ray shows normal hipbones. The graph shows the bone density number in the green zone (normal).

Figure 2 shows a bone density test of an older woman who has osteoporosis. The X-ray shows weaker hipbones. The graph shows the bone density number in the red zone (osteoporosis), placing her at much greater risk for broken bones (fractures).

ByHealthwise Staff

Primary Medical Reviewer Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine

Specialist Medical Reviewer Carla J. Herman, MD, MPH - Geriatric Medicine

Current as ofNovember 14, 2014

Current as of: November 14, 2014

Author: Healthwise Staff

Medical Review: Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Carla J. Herman, MD, MPH - Geriatric Medicine