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Bone Density Test: Normal and Osteoporosis

Bone density of spine

Courtesy of Intermountain Medical Imaging, Boise, Idaho.

Figure 1 shows a bone density test of a healthy older woman. The X-ray shows a healthy spine. The bone density is determined by the X-ray. 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 bones. The graph shows the bone density number in the red zone (osteoporosis), placing this woman at much greater risk for broken bones (fractures).

Current as of: April 15, 2020

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Carla J. Herman, MD, MPH - Geriatric Medicine

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