Bone Density Testing
Osteoporosis causes more than 8.9 million fractures annually worldwide, resulting in a related fracture every 3 seconds. To help you determine, prevent and manage you risk, Cape Cod Healthcare provides the latest in bone density screenings and assessments.
Why might I need a bone density test?
Osteoporosis in women and men can occur with no symptoms. Regular screening via a bone mineral density (BMD) test can determine the strength of your bones. This test, often done on a hip, spine, forearm, wrist, finger or heel, is a painless way to diagnose bone health.
Bone density testing may be used to:
- Confirm a diagnosis of osteoporosis if you have already had a bone fracture
- Predict your chances of fracturing a bone in the future
- Determine your rate of bone loss
- See if treatment is working
In addition to a BMD test, a clinician will review your medical history, perform a physical exam and possibly consult lab tests. Exam information will also be screened through a FRAX® calculator to determine your risk of fracture. Understanding the strength of your bones can help determine measures to prevent fractures due to osteoporosis.
Screening locations across Cape Cod
Bone density screening is provided at: