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Bone density test

Everything about Bone Density Tests
In what cases do we recommend the examination?

A bone density test is recommended for both women and men in the following cases:

  • patients with osteoporosis;
  • if there is a family history of bone fracture due to osteoporosis;
  • patients with hormonal diseases;
  • patients with malabsorption;
  • patients with liver or kidney disease;
  • patients with hyperthyroidism;
  • cases of diabetes,
  • it is also recommended to undergo the test if you take medication that causes osteoporosis.

The examination is also recommended for women in perimenopause who had bone fracture. A bone density test is suitable for identifying the peak bone mineral content at a young age, which can be used to accurately measure the decrease in mineral content at a later age.

For what age group is the examination recommended?

Bone density test is recommended for both genders over the age of 50 who have any of the risk factors of osteoporosis, such as:

  • genetic predisposition;
  • tall, slim figure;
  • taking medications that cause osteoporosis;
  • type 1 diabetes mellitus;
  • liver or kidney disease, and
  • hyperthyroidism.

Screening for osteoporosis may be performed in all age-groups if metabolic bone disease is suspected.

At what intervals is the measurement recommended?

A bone density test is recommended for all women over the age of 65, every 1-2-3 years depending on their general condition and possible risk factors. It is recommended to test the effectiveness of the osteoporosis treatment annually.

Does the examination have any risks or side effects?

The bone density test has no biologically adverse effects, risks or side effects.

How is the examination performed?

A bone density test is performed in a supine position in an open machine. The measurement is carried out at two points: at the lumbar spine and the hip. To be able to examine the spine, the patient has to turn out the metal rivet on his/her trousers. You do not have to turn to the side for the examination of the hip. The examination requires immobility; it is not painful, and usually takes 5 to 10 minutes.

How do I request an examination?

The examination is subject to a referral, which can only be issued by a specialist, not a general practitioner. A bone density test covered by the public health insurance can be performed in our centre in Szeged. For patients with a referral, the examination is performed by appointment; the booking time is usually 2 to 3 months.
You can request a bone density test without a referral during private consultation hours in the centre in Szeged, as well as our private centres in Mammut II and on Megyeri út. The booking time is usually 1 day.

How should I prepare for the examination?

A bone density test does not require any preparation at home. You can eat and drink, and take your regular medications. You have to wait 1 to 2 days for a bone density test after an X-ray with contrast medium or an isotope examination, because these largely impair the assessment of the examination.

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