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

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

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    DXA of normal hipbones and DXA of osteoporosis in hipbones

    Courtesy of Intermountain Medical Imaging, Boise, Idaho.

    Figure 1 shows a bone density test of a healthy older woman. The X-ray shows normal hipbones. The graph shows the bone density number in the green zone (normal).

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

    ByHealthwise Staff
    Primary Medical Reviewer Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
    Specialist Medical Reviewer Carla J. Herman, MD, MPH - Geriatric Medicine

    Current as ofNovember 14, 2014

    Current as of: November 14, 2014

    Author: Healthwise Staff

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

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