Bone Density Scan FAQs
Osteoporosis is a disease that reduces bone density and often leads to fractures, pain, and physical deformity. Osteoporosis can progress silently for years, showing no symptoms until painful or debilitating fractures occur.
Osteoporosis affects one in two women and one in four men over the age of 50. Forty percent of women and fifteen percent of men with osteoporosis will break at least one bone.
There are many risk factors for osteoporosis. To understand your individual risk, we recommend reviewing your specific medical history with your doctor. You might be at greater risk of developing osteoporosis if you:
- Are a post-menopausal woman
- Have previously broken a bone with minimal trauma
- Have had more than one broken bone in your lifetime
- Have a strong family history of osteoporosis
- Use certain medications such as prednisone
The Canadian Medical Association has published guidelines for diagnosing and managing osteoporosis. You can read these guidelines here: Link to Full Article
For more information on bone density scanning, visit Osteoporosis Canada at www.osteoporosis.ca
The World Health Organization (WHO) has developed an online osteoporosis risk assessment tool, which calculates your 10-year risk of an osteoporotic fracture. You will need to enter your risk factors (such as having broken a bone in the past) as well as your bone mineral density at the hip.
You can access the assessment tool online at:http://www.shef.ac.uk/FRAX/tool.jsp?country=19.