Bone densitometry testing is primarily performed to identify persons with osteoporosis and osteopenia (decreased bone mass) so that the appropriate medical therapy and treatment can be implemented. Early treatment helps to prevent future bone fractures. It may also be recommended for persons who have already had a fracture and are considered at risk for osteoporosis.
The complications of broken bones resulting from osteoporosis are often severe, particularly in the elderly. The earlier osteoporosis can be identified, the sooner effective treatment can be implemented, thus most likely lessening the severity of the condition.
Bone densitometry testing may also be used:
- To confirm a diagnosis of osteoporosis if you have already had a fracture
- To predict your chances of fracturing in the future
- To determine your rate of bone loss and/or monitor the effects of treatment
There may be other reasons for your doctor to recommend bone densitometry.