Dual-Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry (DXA) of Osteoporosis
Courtesy of Intermountain Medical Imaging, Boise,
Figure 1 shows a bone density test of
a healthy older woman. The X-ray shows normal hipbones. The graph shows the
bone density number in the green zone (normal).
Figure 2 shows a bone density
test of an older woman who has osteoporosis. The X-ray shows weaker hipbones. The
graph shows the bone density number in the red zone (osteoporosis),
placing her at much greater risk for broken bones (fractures).
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerAnne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerCarla J. Herman, MD, MPH - Geriatric Medicine