How do you diagnose osteoporosis?
The WHO definition of osteoporosis is based on a non- invasive radiological investigation called “DEXA SCAN”, which is a sensitive indicator of the bone marrow density (BMD). The reports are self-explanatory and place the patient in either of three categories i.e. normal, osteopenic or osteoporotic, which, then helps in planning the treatment, its duration and how aggressive one has to be.
The DEXA is also a very useful tool to monitor treatment.