When to do a bone density test

Reducing bone density can lead to an increased risk of fractures. To determine the level of this risk, it is recommended to take part in a bone density test, a so-called densitometry test. What exactly is this type of test and when should it be used?
People with normal bone density are less likely to suffer fractures. However, there are situations when the bone density decreases, and thus the risk of osteoporosis increases, which manifests itself through increased porosity of the bones, leading to their fragility and fractures.
The increased risk of osteoporosis mainly affects women in the menopause and postmenopause periods, but also affects men.
Densitometric examination – assesses the state of bone density
To determine the condition of the bone and the risk of osteoporosis, a simple and quick test is performed – a densitometric test, also known as bone density testing.
Densitometry is a type of X-ray examination, which uses much smaller doses of X-rays than other X-rays. It allows to determine the mineral density of the bone, and thus early detection of a possible disease and rapid treatment.
Indications for bone density testing:
menopausal women and men after andropause
on osteoporosis in family history.
lack of physical activity
frequent childbirths
late first menstruation
early menopause
frequent fractures in the past
low body weight
calcium and vitamin D deficiency
arterial hypertension treated with calcium blockers
endocrinological diseases, including diabetes, Cushing’s syndrome, hyperthyroidism and parathyroidism
rheumatic diseases such as RA, ankylosing spondylitis, erythematous lupus
long-term use of corticosteroids, antiepileptic drugs, thyroid hormones, antithrombotic drugs
alcoholism, nicotinism, excessive coffee consumption
Densitometric tests can be performed in many medical institutions – they are also conducted by the SYNEXUS medical centre in Katowice, which provides its patients with access to a full range of diagnostic tests.