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Which areas of the body does a bone-density test for osteoporosis measure?

Harris H. McIlwain, MD
Rheumatology

The areas most commonly measured by bone-density tests are the hip, the lumbar spine in the lower back, and the forearm just above the wrist. These assessed areas represent the rest of your skeleton.

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