Understanding the Results

The following guidelines have been established by the World Health Organisation (WHO). Your T-score result compares your bone density to a healthy person of the same race and gender in their 20s. Your Z-score compares you to people of the same age, race and gender. For example. If your Z-score is 0, your bones are average for your own age group.

NORMAL
T-score above -1.0

LOW BONE MASS (osteopenia)
T-score -1.0 to -2.5

OSTEOPOROSIS
T-score at or below -2.5

SEVERE OSTEOPOROSIS
T-score at or below -2.5 with one or more osteoporotic fractures

Report for your doctor
A full report will be sent to your doctor within a week of your test.

Payment and Medicare rebates
A Medicare rebate is available where the presence of osteoporosis is either known or strongly suspected by your doctor. The rebate is also available where you may have bone loss associated with a variety of medical conditions. Your doctor or Osteoscan can advise you if any of these apply.

Monitoring your osteoporosis
Changes in bone density can be detected 6-12months after a previous scan. This is the only way to see if your bones are improving or becoming weaker. It is advisable to have subsequent scans on the same DEXA machine to ensure all measurements are consistent. All Osteoscan machines are calibrated uniformly to ensure all results are consistent and comparable.

Follow up scans
After your initial bone density test changes in bone density can be detected 6-12 months apart, If you require a repeat scan, it is advisable to return to the same testing facility to ensure that subsequent measurements can be compared to the initial test, and an accurate measurement of the change in bone density be assessed.

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