Osteoporosis

Test and diagnosis of Osteoporosis

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Osteoporosis is diagnosed in accordance with recommendations established by the World Health Organization (WHO), in function of densitometry results and the presence of any bone fractures. 

medical history

Medical history of fragility fractures.

bone densitometry

Bone densitometry is a simple test used to assess bone mineral density and compare the results with healthy individuals.

Other complementary tests:

Blood extraction tube

Blood analysis. To rule out other diseases associated with osteoporosis and/or fractures. It is therefore important to measure blood calcium and phosphate levels as these are the main constituents of bone. Vitamin D levels should also be analysed

Magnetic resonance

Computed tomography (CT), medical resonance imaging (MRI) or bone scintigraphy. Imaging tests are not a prerequisite for the diagnosis of osteoporosis, but they can help determine the individual characteristics of bone fractures and establish the medical approach. 

Substantiated information by:

Núria Guañabens
Pilar Peris
Celia Saura

Published: 20 February 2018
Updated: 20 February 2018

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