Post menopausal women are at an increased risk of osteoporosis which occurs when the bones lose minerals faster than they can replace them.
This can lead to fragile, brittle bones and an increased risk of fractures. While many people have osteoporosis, many more have low bone density (osteopenia), a possible precursor to osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis is generally a ‘silent’ disease without obvious symptoms. People are unaware they are affected before they have a fracture.
Osteoporosis Australia recommends that anyone who experiences a fracture following a minor bump or fall and is 50 years or over should be investigated for osteoporosis.
It also recommends investigation if a person is likely to be at increased risk, for example, if they have a family history of osteoporosis.
Sydney Breast Clinic provides bone mineral testing using state of the art DXA densitometry technology to obtain an x-ray of the lower spine and hips and to calculate how much x-ray energy is absorbed by the bones.
A radiologist will analyse the results and provide a written report.
Medicare rebates are available for DXA scans if the referring doctor considers you to be at risk of osteoporosis due to another medical condition or if you are aged 70 years and over.