What is Bone Density Scan?

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A bone density scan allows for the early detection of osteoporosis and bone loss. Special X-rays to measure how many grams of calcium and other bone minerals, collectively known as bone mineral content, are packed into a segment of bone. The higher the mineral content, the denser the bone.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Osteoporosis 42 5
General health 28 2
Diagnostic assessment 6 0
Increase effect of another treatment 6 0
Osteopenia 4 1
Balance problems 2 0

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  • None
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Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 0
Moderate 0
Mild 0
None 10

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Bone Density Scan

Side effect Patients

Dosages

Based on patients currently having Bone Density Scan

Dosage Patients
as needed 7
yearly 4
one time 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 9
Usually 0
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 0
A little hard to take 2
Not at all hard to take 8
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 1
$50-99 0
$25-49 1
< $25 3
Not specified 5
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2 patient evaluations for Bone Density Scan

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leprechan
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leprechan
Sex: F
Data Quality: 0 stars
Mouth/throat: none
Arms: mild
Chest: mild
Legs: mild
I am: b
I have:
Parkinson's

See leprechan's full Bone Density Scan history

May 9, 2010 (Started Jan 01, 2000)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Osteoporosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: I have osteoporosis and this intervention merely monitors it. It is not a treatment.

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PortLee
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PortLee
Sex: F
Data Quality: 0 stars
Mouth/throat: mild
Arms: moderate
Chest: mild
Legs: moderate
I am: g
I have:
Parkinson's

See PortLee's full Bone Density Scan history

Jan 23, 2009 (Started )

  • Effectiveness
    None (for General health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: It is a simple x=ray and has no pain attached.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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