You should talk to your doctor if you have symptoms of osteoporosis, have gone through menopause, or if you have any other risks for osteoporosis. Your healthcare provider may recommend that you get regular osteoporosis screenings.
Bone density scan
A bone density test/bone mineral density test (DEXA scan) is most commonly used to diagnose osteoporosis. This test uses an X-ray to measure your bone mass and determine the density of calcium and other minerals in your bones.
Your FRAX score
Based on your bone density test and factors like your sex, weight, and medical history, your doctor may give you a “FRAX score.” This is an estimate of your risk of a fracture within 10 years. It can give you an idea of how severe the disease is and what steps you might need to treat it.