Screening for Bone Density

A new study reports that patients who show a healthy bone density on their first test may be able to  safely wait 15 years before having another screening.

Federal health officials currently recommend women ages 65 and older have routine screening of bone mineral density.

Researchers, who published their work in the New England Journal of Medicine, say that less than 1 percent of the women in their study who had normal bone mineral density on their first screening eventually developed osteoporosis over the course of a 15-year period.

Five percent of women with “mildly low bone density” developed osteoporosis.

Always consult your doctor for advice on health screenings.

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