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When is a bone-density test for osteoporosis considered necessary?

Harris H. McIlwain, MD
Rheumatology
A bone-density test is in order for men and women who have more than two or three risk factors for osteoporosis, and for active women who are considering estrogen-replacement therapy. In addition, if you have relatives with osteoporosis but no other risk factors, a bone-density test may put your mind at ease. Such a test also might diagnose osteoporosis if you have had a broken bone. 
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