What is a peripheral DEXA (pDEXA) test for osteoporosis?

A peripheral DEXA test, or pDEXA test, is a variation on the Dual-energy X-ray Absorptiometry test, one of the most popular bone-density tests. Instead of using a small amount of x ray to measure bone mass at the hip or the lumbar spine, it tests the forearm, just above the wrist. This test is less expensive than other bone-density measurements but also can help predict a higher risk for fractures in other bones.
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Osteoporosis Diagnosis

Osteoporosis is diagnosed by measuring bone density, called a T-score. Several bone-density tests involve x-rays or some form of radiation, while other tests include ultrasound (typically of the heel) and urine tests that measure ...

the amount of bone by-products removed in the urine. Most experts recommend dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA) screening for all women over age 65 and for women with other risk factors such as receiving cancer treatment.
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