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Bone Density Testing

A bone density test determines if you have osteoporosis—a disorder characterized by bones that are fragile and more likely to break. This type of test can better predict your probability of breaking bones, so you can take measures to prevent this risk from occurring. A bone density test uses X-rays to measure how many grams of calcium and other bone minerals are packed into a segment of bone.

 West Feliciana Hospital uses a patient’s hip and spine to measure the density of bone mineral. We use this procedure to not only test for osteoporosis, but also monitor its ongoing treatment. Bone density tests use lower radiation doses than bone scans and are confined to a small area. This testing method is also quicker and less complicated than a bone scan.


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