Harvard Women's Health Watch

Why you need a bone density scan

To help avoid a fracture, women over 65 and those at risk for osteoporosis should have a baseline bone density scan and a FRAX score. How often they need additional scans depends on their fracture risks. The doctor can use their risks, as well as the results of their DXA scan, to determine whether they need treatment with osteoporosis drugs and then to determine whether treatment is working.
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