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Bone Density Tests - How Often to Get One?
Elizabeth_WebMD_Staff posted:
There have been several questions regarding when or if you need to repeat a bone density test.

The resources below discuss this question and answer others you may have regarding bone density testing.

What is Bone Mineral Density
Who Should Have a Bone Density Test?
How Often Should You Get a Bone Density Test
How Often to Get a Bone Density Test
- Video featuring Dr. Ethel Siris
Having a Bone Density Test - Information from the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF)

Have you had a bone density test or had a repeat test? What were your results or experience?

megmo84 responded:
Hi Elizabeth,

Thanks for the links. So helpful!

In general, many with osteoporosis tend to fixate on T-scores -- myself included. Nice to know that even small declines in BMD do not equate to failure of treatment.
bonebabe replied to megmo84's response:
It's important that you get tested in a facility that has ISCD certified technicians who perform precisiont tests on the equipment. That determines the lowest significant change, which means there is a number where if your BMD falls inside that range it is deemed to be no change or stable. If your scores are greater than the LSC either increase or decrease, that determines your amount of change in bone density. That's one reason you should be tested at the same place each time.

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