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Bone Mineral Density Test: Normal and Osteoporosis

Bone mineral density of spine

Courtesy of Intermountain Medical Imaging, Boise, Idaho.

Figure 1 shows a bone mineral density (BMD) test of a healthy older woman. The X-ray shows a healthy spine. The BMD is determined by the X-ray. The graph shows the bone mineral density number in the green zone (normal). Figure 2 shows a BMD test of an older woman with osteoporosis. The X-ray shows weaker bones. The graph shows the bone mineral density number in the red zone (osteoporosis), placing her at much greater risk for broken bones (fractures).

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerAnne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerCarla J. Herman, MD, MPH - Geriatric Medicine
Last RevisedAugust 30, 2012

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