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Why is my heel measured during osteoporosis screening?

An ultrasound is used to measure the bone density of your heel. We measure the heel because its bone most closely matches that of your hip and it is a weight-bearing bone. The objective of this screening is to identify your risk for bone loss and therefore your risk for future bone fracture based on the bone mineral density of your heel. Life Line Screening

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