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Bone Density Test in Latin America

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

Hospital Universitario Austral

A tertiary university hospital with over 750 physicians, providing medical services in most medical specialties. Services to foreign patients include interpreters, insurance coordination, and transportation arrangements. Both hospital and doctors have liability insuranc

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Clínica Anglo Americana

Clínica Anglo Americana is a JCI accredited medical facility established in 1921 and works with many international insurers. The innovative hospital with its bilingual staff keeps up to date with advanced technologies, and provides treatment in many fields.

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Dra. Blanca Elena Ramírez

A private clinic located inside the San Javier Hospital, offering stem cell therapy for a variety of chronic conditions, including Autism, Diabetes, Multiple Sclerosis, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, Heart Disease, Blood Cancers and more.

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Centro Medico Puerta de Hierro

Centro Médico Puerta de Hierro (CMPDH) is a private, proudly Mexican organization, specializing in the provision of high quality health services.

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110 US$

Hospital Punta Pacifica

A modern private hospital which is affiliated with Johns Hopkins Medicine International. Most of the doctors and surgeons at Hospital Punta Pacifica were trained in the USA or in Europe.

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Bone Density Test

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Galenia Hospital

Hospital Galenia holds the Certificate of Medical Attention Establishments granted by Joint Commission International (JCI), Accreditation Canada International (ACI) and is certified by the Mexican General Health Council (CSG).

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San Javier Marina Hospital

A tertiary, modern, small hospital, which is part of the San Javier group of hospitals. The hospital employs 48 physicians in most medical specialties, and provides many services to accomodate private and foreign patients.

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San Javier Hospital

A 73 bed private, tertiary, full service hospital. San Javier Hospital is affiliated with 3,000 specialized, board certifies physicians, and offers the full range of medical specialties.

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Hospital San Jose Tec De Monterrey

A JCI accredited hospital, located 150 miles from the border with Texas, United States. The hospital is a full range tertiary care hospital, with five areas of excellence: Cardiology, Oncology, Neuroscience, Organ Transplant and Liver Disease.

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San Angel Hospital

A small, modern, private hospital, located in the border city of Nuevo Laredo, right across the Texas border. 50% of the patients come from the United States, due to the proximity to the Texas border, and to the easy access by car and by air.

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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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