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Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis (bone loss) is a common bone disease in which the bone density, that is the mineral content of the bone, is reduced. If the bone density is too low, there is an increased risk for bone fractures, spinal deformities and pain.

Who is affected?  

Bone density decreases rapidly especially in women during menopause and men over 50.Particularly if other risk factors exist, it makes sense to identify your personal risk of developing osteoporosis with the help of bone densitometry.With low bone-density values one can take many actions. Through the prevention and treatment of the disease, the risk of fractures can be reduced significantly.

Important risk factors for the development of osteoporosis include: 

  • Family history
  • Smoking, excessive consumption of alcohol
  • Underweight, malnutrition and vitamin deficiency
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Prolonged cortisone treatment
  • Various diseases, involving for example, the thyroid, the gastrointestinal tract and the kidney

Early detection of bone loss owing to bone densitometry   

Bone densitometry (osteodensitometry) is performed to study the mineral content and thus the density and strength of the bone, in order to detect the development of osteoporosis at an early stage. The bone-density test takes but a few minutes, is absolutely painless and involves only a very low radiation dose.

After an extensive preliminary discussion covering undiagnosed symptoms, pain, family history or pre-existing conditions, our doctors determine in each individual case whether the examination is needed.

For more detailed information on bone densitometry refer to the section labelled “Diagnostics"
 

The examination is offered here    

The bone-density test is offered at the following locations of radiologicum munich: