Bone Scans: Bone Density Testing Part I

bone-density-testingBones are the structure and armor of the body. Our bones protect our organs and keep us without significant injury. However, bones do age and can break and/or become brittle. It is necessary to find out if the bones will heal properly and within what timeframe. Bone density testing is then used to determine and document the abnormal metabolic activity of the bone structure of your body. A physician would order a bone scan for many different reasons including:

  • Arthritis
  • Avascular necrosis (bone death from decreased blood supply to the bone)
  • Bone cancers
  • Cancer from other organs that has spread to the bones
  • Infection
  • Breaks/ fractures
  • Paget’s Disease (bone breakdown)

Bone pain is the main reason when considering a bone density test. This could be due to many factors and can be narrowed down by an examination. A bone density test shows issues with bone metabolism which can dictate how the bone breaks down, as well as how it heals itself. It can also show how the bone is reacting to infection, cancer, etc. Having a bone density test allows for so much information to be found about your bones that it is necessary when experiencing any form of bone pain.

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