The test: A DEXA scan is an X-ray that measures how dense your bones are.
Who should have it: Women should have a baseline scan at age 65, men at 70 if they’ve lost height, says Jack Ende, M.D., president of the American College of Physicians (ACP). Men and women in their 50s and 60s should consider a scan if they have osteoporosis risk factors such as rheumatoid arthritis, smoking, or a history of corticosteroid use, Ende says. If results are normal, rescreen in 15 years. For moderate to severe osteopenia (low bone density), go every two years.
Who can skip it: Women under age 65 and men under age 70 with no risk factors. You don’t need to rescreen more than every five years if you’re being treated for osteoporosis, according to the ACP.
Source: Consumer Reports on Health October 2017
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