Osteoporosis is characterized by low bone density which can lead to increased bone fragility and risk of bone fractures. Peak bone mass occurs around 25-30 years of age, with osteoporosis more prevalent with advancing age, especially post menopause (1). The international Society of Clinical Densitometry and the WHO recommend that all women 65 years or above, males 70 years or above and post-menopausal females get tested for bone density (2).
(1) Lin, Julie T MD; Lane, Joseph M MD Osteoporosis, Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research: August 2004 - Volume 425 - Issue - p 126-134
(2) ISCD Position Statement 2019
Bone Health Screening
Bone density scanning, also called dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA) or bone densitometry, is an enhanced form of x-ray technology that is used to measure bone loss. DXA is today's established standard for measuring bone mineral density.
Scans along with a full interpretation of your results can be completed in as little as 30 minutes. Advice and recommendations will be given on how to use physical activity to improve your health and wellbeing.
Dual-energy X-ray Absorptiometry (DXA)
A DXA scan is a quick and painless procedure that uses a very small dose of ionizing radiation to produce pictures of the inside of the body. DXA works by sending two low-dose X-rays, which are absorbed differently by bones and soft tissues, to produce density profiles which are used to calculate bone mineral density and body fat percentage.
Dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry is the most widely used and most thoroughly studied bone density measurement technology.