What is Bone Mineral Density?
Bone mineral density is used to determine how dense bones are and whether or not a person has osteoporosis. About 80% of bone density is determined by heredity and 20% by lifestyle.
Around age 30, your bones reach their maximum strength and density, known as peak bone mass.
Who Should Get Tested?
Generally, BMD testing is done when a patient reaches age 50 or menopause, or younger when risk factors are present. Every woman should have a baseline Bone Mineral Density Scan no later than age 65. Medicare pays for this test every two years and most insurance companies cover the cost of the scan.