Bone density measurements are used to determine whether a patient risks being affected by osteoporosis. A safe method of measuring bone density is using an x-ray technology that is called iDXA. During the examination, the density of your right and left hip is measured, as well as in the vertebrae in the small of your back. Bone density describes how much bone mineral there is in your skeleton. The value provided by the measurement is compared to the normal value for your age group to assess whether you are in the risk zone.

The page was updated 6/23/2014