In a bone density measurement, the calcium content of the bones is determined. Osteodensitometry is an established method for the diagnosis or control of osteoporosis and other metabolic disorders of the bone in which the risk of a fracture may be increased.
Patients with low vitamin D or estrogen levels are often affected, especially in postmenopausal women. But also diseases that interfere with the hormone balance, such as hyperthyroidism, Cushings syndrome or diseases that require regular administration of glucocorticosteroids, can lead to a reduced content of calcium in the bone.
As a result, the bones are “soft” and can break spontaneously. If you have already had a broken bone without adequate trauma (for example fracture of a vertebral body), you should have your bone density determined. In the context of early detection and also as a follow-up, osteodensitometry is used.