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Bone (Osteoporosis) Health

Reston Radiology is committed to preventing and treating osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a medical condition that causes bones to become weak and brittle and commonly results in a fracture in the spine, hip or waist.

What is OSTEOPOROSIS?...

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BONE DENSITY SCANS:
What to Expect...

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To diagnose osteoporosis, assess your risk of fracture and determine your level of need for care, your doctor will most likely order a bone density scan.

This exam is used to measure bone mineral density (BMD). It is performed through the use of dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) or bone densitometry. The amount of x-rays absorbed by tissues and bone are measured by the DEXA machine and correlate with bone mineral density.

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