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Has anyone had a bone density scan - is it worth it?
"uses Quantative Ultrasound (QUS) to show bone density at the heel which is a good indicator of general bone density in the body.
The National Osteoporosis Society says that 'QUS has been demonstrated to show predictive value for any fracture in women in their peri-menopausal years and of Colles fracture in women in their early post-menopausal years'.
An ultrasound scan is safe and painless; both heels will be scanned.
You will be provided with a full report of your results showing your T-score and Z-score together with any recommendations appropriate for you. Your report also includes a projection of likely future bone density.
BoneCheck will refer you to your GP for a full body DXA scan if your results indicate low scores."
TBH I always assumed those heel scans were a waste of money. I'm surprised the NOS is saying they are ok.
Is the blurb you refer to actually written by the NOS ( and can you link please) or is it an ad by BoneCheck that's popping up on their site?
I have had around 5 DEXA scans in my life since my late 40s. I found out I almost had osteoporosis at the first scan. Thankfully I've been able to stop the rot with diet, exercises, supplements and latterly HRT though the HRT is not prescribed for my bones.
A full DEXA scan shows the bone density in your hips and spine- the areas most likely to be affected. The cost is a lot more than £50- I pay around £200, every 3 years (privately.)
Taking calcium is a waste of time. You need to eat the right foods, have Vit D and do weight bearing exercises. Have a google and read the latest research that shows it can cause more harm than good (heart issues) in people who otherwise have a healthy diet. If you have risk factors, go to your GP for advice, or have a proper bone scan and see how you are.
I have a bone scan every 2 years as I have osteoporosis causedby having anorexia. I am in Australia & our healthcare service is so good. I don't haveto pay.I have my hip & forearm scanned. I havent heard of a heel scan. I take calcium & vit D & every 6 mths I have a Prolia injection. It costs me $300 as it has to be a private prescription as I don't qualify to get it cheaper on our Medicare as I am too young & haven't had a hip fracture.
My mum had it done - she has osteoporosis and found it was very informative. However I am slightly worried that it could be hereditary and my sister and I may be at risk - we already inherited PCOS, dodgy bladders and early grey hair!
The heel ultrasound is not the "gold standard" method for measuring bone density. DEXA scans are much better, and is basically a quick x-Ray of spine and hip.
Have you asked your gp to refer you for a DEXA scan? Do you have any risk factors for osteoporosis, other than poor diet (which may be a risk factor all on its own)?
Before spending money on an ultrasound I'd see the gp, ask for a DEXA scan. The ultrasound is really only worth ruling you out of having osteoporosis, since although there is a correlation between the two different scans, if ultrasound dos show some degree of bone thinning you'd have to have a DEXA scan anyway to confirm diagnosis, before starting any treatment.
Half the population over 50 seem to be on BP meds but I don't think there is anything to say they affect bone density.
You can test calcium and Vit D levels but they only show the level on the day. Osteoporosis takes years to develop- that's why they only do DEXA scans every 2-3 years as bone loss or bone building takes to long.
Katy- are you following the FODMAP diet for your IBS? You should be able to eat a healthy diet if you do the fodmap. Has your Gp diagnosed you with those deficiencies? Has your GP referred you to a dietician? They should have. Change your GP?
IBS doesn't usually cause poor absorption- coeliac yes, but not necessarily IBS.