Bone Mineral Density Tests (cont.)
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The image on the left shows decreased bone density in osteoporosis. The image on the right shows normal bone density. Click to view larger image.
Arrow indicates vertebral fractures. Click to view larger image.
A. Normal spine, B. Moderately osteoporotic spine, C. Severely osteoporotic spine. Click to view larger image.
Medically reviewed by Aimee V. HachigianGould, MD; American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Last Editorial Review: 12/23/2014
Mythili Seetharaman, MD
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Osteoporosis is a systemic skeletal disease characterized by low bone mass and micro-architectural deterioration of bone tissue, with a consequent increase in bone fragility and susceptibility to bone fracture.