Bone Mineral Density Tests (cont.)
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What Different Bone Mineral Density Tests Are Available?
Several tests are available to assess bone density. These tests are not painful, and they are completely noninvasive, which means no surgery. Central machines measure density in the hip, spine, and total body. Peripheral machines measure density in the finger, wrist, kneecap, shinbone, and heel. The most common types of tests are listed below:
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/23/2014
Mythili Seetharaman, MD
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