Osteoporosis causes bones to become weak and susceptible to fracture even with mild stress. Osteoporosis happens when creation of new bone does not keep up with removal of old bone. Osteoporosis related fractures most commonly happens in hip, wrist or spine. Osteoporosis can sometimes happen in children.
Risk factor for osteoporosis includes
Your bone density can be measured by a machine (DEXA) using extremely low levels of X-ray to determine the proportion of mineral in your bones. This is a very simple quick test over in few seconds. The machine scans your bones and estimates your risk for fractures. The radiation doses are extremely low and can be safely repeated for monitoring response to treatment. DEXA scan is not recommended for pregnant women.
GKNM Hospital has installed the latest DEXA scanner to accurately measure the bone density. It has special protocols for Pediatrics to remove artifact from Orthopedic implants like screws and plates. Whole body scan can be done to measure the fat, lean mass (muscle) and bone mass in a person.
Bone mineral density testing (DEXA) is recommended for
Contact Radiology Reception(0422 – 4305601) for assessing your bone mineral density.
No specific preparation is needed.
Children with the following diseases may need Bone Mineral Density test