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Bone Density Test in Asia

Hospitals, clinics and medical centers in Asia performing Bone Density Test.

Bangkok Hospital Pattaya

This multi-specialty tertiary hospital offers various medical services as well as dental procedures to local and overseas patients. It serves over 100,000 international patients every year.

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Chiangmai Ram Hospital

Being established in 1993, this tertiary private medical institution offers a wide range of medical care services. It has 350 in-patient bed capacity and is accredited by the Hospital Accreditation of Thailand.

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Gleneagles Medical Centre Penang

An acute care general hospital in Penang with advanced facilities and healthcare professionals specializing in a wide range of medical areas.

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Gleneagles Intan Medical Centre

A tertiary care hospital servicing local and international patients with modern facilities and over 110 consultants that cover a wide array of specialties.

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Raffles Hospital

A full service private hospital offering a comprehensive range of specialist services by a team of 200 physicians. 35-40% of the patients are foreigners, and there is a dedicated department for handling medical tourists.

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Chaophya Hospital

The Chaophya Hospital is a JCI accredited, tertiary private hospital in Bangkok, Thailand, which has been in operation since 1991. It has an international department which offers a comprehensive range of supporting services to foreign patients.

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Gleneagles Hospital

A 380 bed private hospital offering tertiary acute care services that cover a wide range of medical and surgical specialties.

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Apollo Spectra Hospital Koramangala

Part of the Nova Medical Centers group, the center offers over 700 different procedures, with a specialty in general surgery, gynecology, plastic and cosmetic surgery, orthopedics, radiology, pediatrics, urology, and ophthalmology.

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Apollo Spectra Hospital Kailash Colony

A modern surgery center, opened in 2010, specializing in elective surgeries. Medical procedures carriedout at the center include general surgery, urology, pediatrics, orthopedics, oncology, plastic and cosmetic surgery, ophthalmology, pain management.

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Columbia Asia Hospital - Palam Vihar

A modern 100 bed hospital opened in 2008, located in Gurgaon, outside of New Delhi.The hospital is a part of the Columbia Asia Group, which has an international patients office able to assist foreign patients with all aspects of medical travel.

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About Bone Density Test

This information is intended for general information only and should not be considered as medical advice on the part of Health-Tourism.com. Any decision on medical treatments, after-care or recovery should be done solely upon proper consultation and advice of a qualified physician.


What is a bone density test?

This is a medical test that measures the amount of calcium and other minerals present in an area of your bone. It is also known as a bone mineral density test (BMD), Bone densitometry, Osteoporosis-BMD.


Why have a bone density test?

To predict your risk of having bone fractures.


For early detection of osteoporosis

To evaluate how well osteoporosis medications are working


How is the test performed?

There are several ways that a bone density test can be performed. The most common test is known as a dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) scan. A DEXA scan uses very low dose x-rays. DEXA scans can be classified into two types namely central DEXA and peripheral DEXA (p-DEXA).

  • Central DEXA: It involves lying on a soft table and a scanner is passed over your hip and lower spine. In most cases, there is no need to undress. This test is the best in predicting your risk of bone fractures.
  • Peripheral DEXA: Smaller machines are used to measure bone density in body areas such as the fingers, wrist, heel or leg.

How to prepare for the test

Inform your doctor if you suspect or are pregnant. During the test, you will be asked to remain very still. The scan is painless. The amount of radiation used in bone density testing is very slight.


Risk factors for osteoporosis

Women older than 65 years and men older than 70 years should have regular bone density tests and screening because they have an increased risk of osteoporosis. Other factors that increase the risk of osteoporosis include:

  • Broken bones caused by normal activities such as a fragility fracture or a fall from standing height.
  • Chronic rheumatoid arthritis
  • Eating disorders
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Early menopause
  • Hormone treatment therapy for breast or prostate cancer
  • Smoking
  • History of osteoporosis in the family
  • Taking corticosteroid medications for a prolonged period of time
  • Taking thyroid hormone replacement
  • Alcoholism

How often should I have a bone density test?

If you are at risk of osteoporosis it is recommended to have BMD retesting every two years. However, you should discuss with your doctor as each case varies.


Normal Results

Your test results are usually recorded as a T-score and a Z-score.

  • T-score: This score results from a comparison of your bone density with that of a healthy young woman. A T-score is within the normal range if it is above -1.0. If your T-score is between -2.5 and -1 you may have osteopenia. If it is below -2.5 you most likely have osteoporosis.
  • Z-score: This score results from a comparison of your bone density with that of other people of your gender, age, and race.

A negative number from either score is an indication that your bones are thinner than average. The more negative the score the higher your risk of osteoporosis or bone fractures.

What do abnormal results mean?

It is important to note that bone density testing does not diagnose bone fractures. It is used to help predict the risk of osteoporosis and bone fractures before they occur.

Your doctor will help you understand the results from the test and recommend ways of increasing your bone density.

Bone mineral density testing does not diagnose fractures. Along with other risk factors, you may have, it helps predict one’s risk of having a fracture in the future. Your provider will help you understand the results.


Treatment

Your total fracture risk is what determines the recommendations the doctor will give. The risk of fractures can be calculated using the FRAX score. Your doctor will recommend lifestyle changes such as eating diets rich in vitamin K, Vitamin D, calcium, and potassium.

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