Bone Density Testing

The IU National Center of Excellence in Women's Health at Eskenazi Health offers bone density testing to help detect osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a condition where bones become weak and can break, leading to bone fragility and increased susceptibility to fractures.

Risk Factors for Osteoporosis
  • Female
  • Family history of osteoporosis
  • Low calcium and vitamin D intake
  • Excessive protein, sodium or caffeine intake
  • Inactive lifestyle
  • Smoking/excessive alcohol intake
  • Medications such as steroids or anticonvulsants
  • Diseases such as anorexia nervosa, rheumatoid arthritis or lupus

Bone Mineral Density Testing

What is a Bone Mineral Density Test?

The BMD test measures bone thickness throughout different areas of your body. This process is not only safe and short, but it also provides insight into your bone density that can help determine if you are at risk for osteoporosis or breaks. The MBD, when repeated, can determine if treatments are working.

Who should have BMD testing done?

  • Men 50-70 with one or more risk factors
  • Women over 65 without risk factors
  • Men over 70 without risk factors
  • Anyone over 50 who has broken a bone
  • Women under 65 with certain risk factors
View a PDF on how to prepare for BMD scan