When you get a bone scan, the test only evaluates your pelvic area. If my score shows serious bone loss, is it like that in my chest, leg and arm bones too.
I am sure that your doctor will order a bone density test- or dexa scan as described above, every 2 years which is the norm.
My bi-annual Bone density test was done recently and the Endocrinologist at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital who organised it said that the results of the tests of Lumbar spine, hips and wrists show a slight improvement in Lumbar spine which is Osterpinea, wrists and hips are Osteoporosis, and that l need to keep taking the Aledronic acid plus Caliciferol tablet with Vitamin D every Friday morning before food. Judy
Most doctors write you a referral for a "regular" dexa scan, and it shows the two main "serious' places where we will break a bone. But the doctor can also add other areas if he thinks it important. You have bone loss through your "whole" body, not just your hip and spine. Many people fall and break a wrist, and then find out they have osteoporosis. It is through your whole body, ask your doctor.
I couldn't have a bone scan of my pelvis as I have artificial hips, so they used my forearm. Just because you have osteoporosis in one place doesn't mean that you have it the same everywhere. I have osteoporosis in my forearms, osteopenia in my feet, and regular bone in my back. (Of course I have to lug around a 12 pound O2 backpack which my dr says is protecting my back)
I live in Northeast Pennsylvania. I just had a dexa scan last week. My dexa scan showed the results of my lumbar spine, both hips, right and left femoral necks(hip area) and left forearm. Apparently all facilities are different in what they check for.
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