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This is a typical bone densitometry study. A low dose x-ray is performed of the lumbar spine, hip (shown here) or wrist. From the resulting image/measurement, calculations can be made to determine the density of the patient's bone (T-score) and compare it to the reference standard of a healthy thirty-year-old of the same sex and ethnicity to determine future risk of fracture.

Note: Images are shown for illustrative purposes. Do not attempt to draw conclusions or make diagnoses by comparing these images to other medical images, particularly your own. Only qualified physicians should interpret images; the radiologist is the physician expert trained in medical imaging.