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Bone Density

Memorial Clinical Associates is a full-service primary care health practice serving the Memorial, Katy and Spring Branch Communities. We offer quality care in a variety of medical fields.

We provide in-depth consultations, evaluations and treatment plans with patients. The following are services we provide for Imaging:

Bone Density

A bone density test, or scan, is designed to check for osteoporosis, a disease that occurs when the bones become thin and weak. Osteoporosis is a disease characterized by low bone mass and loss of bone tissue that leads to weak and fragile bones. If you have osteoporosis, you may be at increased risk for bone fractures (broken bones), particularly in the hip, spine, and wrist. A bone density test makes it possible to know your risk of breaking bones before the fact.

The National Osteoporosis Foundation recommends bone density testing if:

  • You're a woman age 65 or older
  • You're a postmenopausal woman under age 65 with one or more risk factors for osteoporosis
  • You're a man age 70 or older
  • You're a man between age 50 and 70 with one or more risk factors for osteoporosis
  • You're older than age 50 and you've experienced a broken bone
  • You're a postmenopausal woman and you've stopped taking estrogen therapy or hormone therapy

The exact periods to take tests vary, your doctor can recommend the best testing interval for you based on your personal medical history and osteoporosis risk factors.

Risk factors for osteoporosis include:

  • Getting older, bones become weaker as you age
  • Ethnicity
  • Low body weight, or under 125 pounds if you're of average height
  • A personal history of fractures after age 40
  • A parental history of osteoporosis or hip fractures
  • Using certain medications that can cause bone loss, especially steroids

Call your doctor's patient representative to make an appointment.

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