Osteoporosis Screening 

Osteoporosis is a progressive bone disease that weakens the bones and may lead to increased risk of bone fractures. It involves a gradual loss of calcium, as well as structural changes, causing the bones to become thinner and more fragile. Although osteoporosis mainly affects post-menopausal women, and older men, it could also be as a result of an underlying medical condition.

Screening for this bone disorder is warranted in most older adults. 

What is osteoporosis screening? 

Osteoporosis screening is the process of checking for osteoporosis in order to prevent osteoporotic fractures and the functional decline that often accompanies these fractures. 

Osteoporosis screening tests  

There are different approaches for osteoporosis screening, but DEXA is the most common. There are other ways to diagnose osteoporosis, but DEXA is the most effective. Other methods include quantitative ultrasound and traditional X-rays. 


Mammography is the most common screening test for breast cancer. Early detection with routine mammograms can improve survival rate of 5 years by 100%. Despite what most people think, mammograms are perfectly safe. We are exposed to daily background radiation in our environments all the time. A mammogram is equal to approximately two months of background radiation

Osteoporosis screening FAQS

Here are answers to the most commonly asked questions around osteoporosis screening. 

Who should get an osteoporosis screening?

Osteoporosis screening is recommended for men and women who have certain risk factors associated with the condition. Examples of these are as follows:

·         Low body mass

·         History of previous bone fractures

·         Having medical conditions that increase risk of bone fractures

·         Family history of osteoporosis or other bone-related disorders

·         History of taking certain medications (such as chronic heparin or prednisone) 

When to repeat a bone density test?

A bone density test should be repeated when results may have an influence on treatment plans; oftentimes, it is repeated 1-2 years after starting or changing osteoporosis medication in order to evaluate the response to treatment. 

How can you prevent osteoporosis?

There are two types of osteoporosis – primary and secondary. Primary osteoporosis is usually due to the effects of aging, including the reduction in hormones estrogen and testosterone.

Secondary osteoporosis is related to medical conditions and medications. However, both types of osteoporosis have preventable aspects.

To improve prevention of osteoporosis, you should:

·         Avoid smoking

·         Eat a nutritious diet

·         Engage in regular physical activity

·         Avoid excessive alcohol consumption

·         Consult your doctor about the medications you take 

Book an Osteoporosis screening today 

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