What is bone density?

Bone density is the measurement of the mineral content of the bone and used as an indicator
of the strength of the bone and as a screen for osteoporosis. There are several bone
density testing options. The most common screening
method is a DEXA heel scan. Using a small portable machine, a measurement is taken from the heel. Easy and painless, the
entire process takes less than 10 minutes. Your health care provider
uses results from this test, along with other risk factors, to predict your risk of bone
fractures and osteoporosis. This screening is recommended
for women age 65 and older, as well as men 70 and older. To learn more, visit the
health and wellness section of wakehealth.edu.

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