Measuring the strength of your bones.
Bone density testing helps to estimate the density of your bones (and therefore your chance of breaking a bone), and is the only way to diagnose osteoporosis before a broken bone occurs. This test is an essential part of health screening as you age.
Where does testing take place?
Bone Density testing is performed by the New England Mammography and Bone Density Center, an extension of the Garrison office, where an interpreted DXA report is sent to your referring provider soon after.
Garrison Women’s Health is proud to be the only site in New Hampshire that is accredited by the International Society for Clinical Densitometry to perform and interpret DXA (bone density) scans.
Screening for osteoporosis
Osteoporosis is a deterioration of your bones that can lead to breaks and discomfort. Typically, we can’t feel a change occur in our bones, which is why it’s very important to get tested. Here's what to keep in mind.
Bone density testing is recommended for most post-menopausal women. This should be every two to five years after a baseline test that happens year after one’s last period.
Images will be taken of points in your spine and your hip.
Our New Hampshire bone density providers can offer several prevention and treatment alternatives if your test shows you have this condition.
It is a quick and easy test. No need to change out of your clothes!
The test can be combined with your yearly physical.
What is a T-score?
Following the test, you will receive a T-score, which is a number that is derived from comparing your bone density to that of a healthy 30-year-old. Your T-score represents how much higher or lower the bone density is from a young adult.