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What are the different types of bone-density tests for osteoporosis?

Harris H. McIlwain, MD
Rheumatology
There are several types of bone-density tests. Those that involve x rays or some form of radiation are as follows:

  • DXA (Dual-energy X-ray Absorptiometry)
  • QCT (Quantitative Computed Tomography)
  • RGA (Radiographic Absorptiometry)

Other tests include ultrasound and urine tests, which measure the amount of bone byproducts removed in the urine.
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