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    Dual-Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry (DEXA) of Osteoporosis

    Dual-Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry (DEXA) of Osteoporosis

    DEXA of osteoporosis

    Courtesy of Intermountain Medical Imaging, Boise, Idaho.

    Figure 1 shows a bone mineral density (BMD) test of a healthy older woman. The X-ray shows normal hipbones. The graph shows the bone mineral density number in the green zone (normal). Figure 2 shows a BMD test of an older woman with osteoporosis. The X-ray shows weaker hipbones. The graph shows the bone mineral density number in the red zone (osteoporosis), placing her at much greater risk for broken bones (fractures).

    By Healthwise Staff
    Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
    Carla J. Herman, MD, MPH - Geriatric Medicine
    Last Revised August 30, 2012

    Last Revised: August 30, 2012

    Author: Healthwise Staff

    Medical Review: Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Carla J. Herman, MD, MPH - Geriatric Medicine

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