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Dual-Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry (DXA) of Osteoporosis

DXA of normal hipbones and DXA of osteoporosis in hipbones

Courtesy of Intermountain Medical Imaging, Boise, Idaho.

Figure 1 shows a bone density test of a healthy older woman. The X-ray shows normal hipbones. The graph shows the bone density number in the green zone (normal).

Figure 2 shows a bone density test of an older woman who has osteoporosis. The X-ray shows weaker hipbones. The graph shows the bone density number in the red zone (osteoporosis), placing her at much greater risk for broken bones (fractures).

Current as ofNovember 7, 2018

Author: Healthwise Staff
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Carla J. Herman, MD, MPH - Geriatric Medicine