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Bone Density

Bone density tests determine your risk of osteoporosis - before you break a bone.

The procedure measures the amount of calcium (and other minerals) in bones. The less minerals in your bones, the less dense they're considered. The less dense a bone is, the more likely it is to break. Doctors use bone density tests to analyze a patient's risk of osteoporosis.

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends routine bone density screening for women age 65 and older and women age 60 with increased risk. That increased risk includes white or Asian ethnicity, history of fractures, a family history of osteoporosis, low weight and the use of medications that contribute to bone loss.

Bone Density Exam Location

Starting Oct. 1, 2013 all Bone Density exams will be done in the Breast Health Center.

Call the Breast Center at 706-475-4960 to schedule a Bone Density exam. 

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