One out of every two women over the age of 50 is affected by osteoporosis, the gradual thinning and weakening of bones that can lead to bone fractures.

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A bone density scan is done by a mammography tech using a machine called DEXA. It is a quick and painless test that can help assess bone loss associated with osteoporosis. If you are over 50 or have a family history of osteoporosis, talk to your doctor about the benefits of a bone density scan.

What is the DEXA Scan for?
It is a quick and painless test that can help assess bone loss associated with osteoporosis.

Who should have the scan?
Talk to your doctor to see if you at at-risk for osteoporosis. Generally, women over 50 or women with a family history of osteoporosis should have a bone density scan.

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