Frequently Asked Questions About Bone Mineral Density Test

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Jiraporn Sriprapaporn


Since osteoporosis has become an important problem especially in postmenopausal women, bone mineral density testing is the test that provides early detection and thus guides appropriate management according to the results. This screening test could help reduce or prevent incidence of future osteoporotic fractures. This article summarizes about the frequently-asked questions dealing with bone mineral density testing, such as scanning technique, principal of the test, which regions to be measured, clinical indications and how to interpret the results.

Keywords: Bone mineral density, BMD, dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry, DXA, osteoporosis


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Sriprapaporn, J. (2016). Frequently Asked Questions About Bone Mineral Density Test. Siriraj Medical Journal, 68(1), 57–64. Retrieved from
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