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Bone Mineral Density Testing


What is a Bone Mineral Density test?
AOD is pleased to offer (Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry) DXA, which measures the bone mineral density of the spine, hip or total body. The procedure is painless, non-invasive and the patient can usually remain clothed.

The test measures bone density then compares it to two standards, or 'norms', known as "age-matched" and "young normal". The age-matched reading compares the patient's bone density to what is expected in someone that age, sex and size. The young normal reading compares density to the optimal peak bone density of a healthy young adult of the same sex. These readings identify risk for fracture and level of bone health.


Who should receive a BMD?
The National Osteoporosis Foundation Guidelines recommend BMD testing for:

  • women age 65 or older, regardless of risk factors
  • younger postmenopausal women with one or more risk factors (other than being white, postmenopausal and female)
  • postmenopausal women who present with fractures


What does Medicare cover?
Medicare covers BMD testing for individuals aged 65 or older who have:

  • estrogen deficiency, and are female and at clinical risk for osteoporosis
  • vertebral abnormalities
  • received, or are planning to receive long-term glucocorticoid (steroid) therapy
  • primary hyperparathyroidism
  • plans to be monitored to assess the effectiveness of approved osteoporosis drug therapy
Medicare permits BMD testing every 2 years


What do my BMD results mean?
The Physicians at Associated Orthopedists of Detroit P.C. can help you interpret your BMD scores and assess whether you are normal, have low bone mass, osteoporosis or severe osteoporosis. They will assist you in formulating a plan with your primary care physician to manage or prevent further bone loss.

Have questions about your bone health? Check out the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons website for the latest information.

What is your Risk for Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis Tests
Calcium, Nutrition, and Bone Health
Bone Health Basics
Vitamin D for Good Bone Health
Smoking and Musculoskeletal Health
Hip Fracture Prevention

Doctors Specializing in Bone Density
Edward S. Jeffries, M.D.
Michael R. Demers, M.D.
Steven J. Cusick, M.D.
Kenneth R. Cervone, M.D.
Benedetto P. Pellerito, M.D.
James D. Bookout, M.D.
Shariff K. Bishai, D.O., M.S., FAOAO
Andrew Ajluni, D.O