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Osteoporosis - Diagnosis

Not all vertebral fractures in older people are due to osteoporosis. Osteoporosis therefore has to be proven prior to starting treatment.

A history of fractures of the spine, wrist or hip would suggest osteoporosis. The most reliable test for osteoporosis is the DEXA (Dual-Energy X-ray Absorptiometry). With this examination it is not only possible to confirm osteoporosis but also to determine the degree of osteoporosis.
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