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What is a radiographic absorptiometry (RGA) test for osteoporosis?

An RGA test, or Radiographic Absorptiometry test, is a bone-density test. It takes a standard x ray of the hand and uses computer analysis to estimate bone density in the rest of the body. Especially for areas where the more-common DXA test isn’t available, this is an accurate way to detect osteoporosis. Most physicians’ offices and clinics have a machine that can be used for this.
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