Kayal Osteoporosis Center
BONE DENSITY TESTING
In the past, patients had to break a bone before they could be diagnosed with osteopenia or osteoporosis. Today, cutting-edge technology allows advanced testing for the presence and progression of osteoporosis. The industry standard for diagnosis of osteoporosis is bone mineral density testing (BMD). Using sophisticated x-ray technology, a bone density test measures what percentage of bone mineral is left. Typically bone density tests are conducted on the forearm, hip or spine.
Depending upon your symptoms, risk factors and insurance requirements, Dr. Robert A. Kayal, MD and his osteoporosis team may recommend the following types of painless BMD testing:
- Dual-Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry (DEXA or DXA): DXA is the most widely used measure for bone mineral density. The reliable test uses minimal radiation to assess bone loss and estimate the likelihood of future fractures.
- Ultrasound: Measuring heel density with an ultrasound can help physicians evaluate fracture risk. Ultrasound is not used as commonly as a DXA test, though, since test results are not as useful in predicting future fracture risk.
- Quantitative Computed Tomography (QCT): This three-dimensional CT scan is fast and non-invasive. During the test, your spine and hip are scanned for low bone mass. The test can accurately detect early bone loss, and may be recommended as an alterative to DXA.
No matter what the results of your bone density test, Dr. Robert A. Kayal, MD and his team of NJ osteoporosis physicians can develop a customized disease management or prevention program. Patients with osteoporosis or osteopenia may need to be BMD-tested more often in order to evaluate treatment success and understand disease progression.
To schedule bone density testing, speak with a Kayal Osteoporosis Center team member, or inquire about insurance coverage, contact our Franklin Lakes and Ridgewood offices today.