See your doctor for a one-time bone density measurement soon after menopause. This helps identify women who are at increased risk of osteoporosis that may benefit from some prevention strategies. Repeat this test at age 65, if it’s been more than five years since your last measurement. You may also need more frequent screening if you have problems with your bones.
What is it?
A bone density test is a quick, painless scan of your lower back, hip or wrist.
A bone density test is used to detect low bone density (osteopenia) or osteoporosis — a disease characterized by weak and brittle bones.