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Bone Density Test: Normal and Osteoporosis

Bone density of spine

Courtesy of Intermountain Medical Imaging, Boise, Idaho.

Figure 1 shows a bone density test of a healthy older woman. The X-ray shows a healthy spine. The bone density is determined by the X-ray. 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 bones. The graph shows the bone density number in the red zone (osteoporosis), placing this woman 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