What are risk factors for DEXA scan?

What are risk factors for DEXA scan?

What are risk factors for DEXA scan?

Risk factors include:

  • Breaking a bone in a minor accident.
  • Having rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Having a parent who broke a hip.
  • Smoking.
  • Drinking heavily.
  • Having a low body weight.
  • Using corticosteroid drugs for three months or more.
  • Having a disorders associated with osteoporosis.

    Is a DEXA scan considered preventative?

    The DEXA scan is the only scan that can diagnose osteoporosis before a fracture occurs. Treatment can prevent about half of the fractures caused by osteoporosis.

    Are DXA scans safe?

    How safe are bone density (DEXA) scans. Bone density scans are very safe. They use a much lower level of radiation than standard X-rays, which means that the radiographer (the technical specialist carrying out the scan) can stay in the scanning room with you during the scan.

    Can you take vitamin D before DEXA scan?

    Calcium and vitamin D intake before bone density test can reduce risk of osteoporosis.

    Can I take vitamin D before a bone density test?

    When should I get my first DEXA scan?

    Women should get a bone scan at age 65. Men age 70 and up may want to talk with their doctors about the risks and benefits before deciding. Younger women, and men ages 50 to 69, should consider the test if they have risk factors for serious bone loss.

    How often should a woman get a DEXA scan?

    How Often Should I Get Tested? If you are taking medication for osteoporosis, expect to have a bone density test every 1 to 2 years. Even if you don’t have osteoporosis, your doctor may suggest that you get a bone density test every 2 years, especially for women during or after menopause.

    Are DEXA scans ever wrong?

    Sometimes spinal abnormalities or a previous spinal fracture can give a false result. A bone density scan will not show whether low bone mineral density is caused by too little bone (osteoporosis) or too little calcium in the bone, usually because of a lack of vitamin D (osteomalacia).

    What should you not eat before a DEXA scan?

    Do NOT eat foods high in calcium for 3-4 hours before your DXA scan. These foods include: milk, cheese, yogurt, and dark green leafy vegetables. Do NOT take calcium supplements, vitamins, or TUMSĀ® on the day of your scan.