WHAT IS OSTEOPOROSIS?
Our bone mineral density can be compared to what would be considered “ideal” ie: the average bone mineral density of 20 year olds of the same gender and ethnicity. Our bone density is measured via a DEXA scan and, if it falls below 2.5 standard deviations below the mean (average) for the 20 year olds, then we are diagnosed as having osteoporosis. Having reduced bone strength makes a person more susceptible to suffering a fracture from forces that usually would not cause a bone to break eg: falling over.
* DEXA scans are performed by radiology (x-ray / CT / MRI) clinics. You need a referral from your GP to get a scan, which may be able to be bulk billed in certain circumstances. We do not perform DEXA scans at Carina Central. Read More...