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Courtesy of Intermountain Medical Imaging, Boise, Idaho.
Figure 1 shows a bone mineral density (BMD) test of a healthy older woman. The X-ray shows a healthy spine. The BMD is determined by the X-ray. The graph shows the bone mineral density number in the green zone (normal). Figure 2 shows a BMD test of an older woman with osteoporosis. The X-ray shows weaker bones. The graph shows the bone mineral density number in the red zone (osteoporosis), placing her at much greater risk for broken bones (fractures).
Last Revised: August 30, 2012
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Carla J. Herman, MD, MPH - Geriatric Medicine
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