What does “osteoporosis -2.5” mean? To answer that question, we start with bone density scans, sometimes referred to as bone densitometry or dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DEXA, also written as DXA). Such scans have become an increasingly popular testing modality as more than 10 million adults in the United States alone
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Many people are familiar with the term osteoporosis, a disease in which your bones become weak and brittle. But what is osteopenia? Osteopenia is the term used to describe a state of low bone-mineral density that’s not as severe as osteoporosis but that can lead to osteoporosis in some people.
Although the DEXA scan is still the gold standard, many doctors are using bone resorption testing such as urine NTX and the CTX test to identify excessive bone loss.
Advanced imaging technology has helped doctors spot more cases of thyroid cancer over the past decade, according to recent research (Thyroid, Sept. 2015). However, the study revealed that nearly one-third of these cases involve people with low-risk tumors that are not likely to cause harm. The data suggest that an