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Definition of Bone density

  • Medical Author:
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

Bone density: Bone density is the amount of bone tissue in a certain volume of bone. The most widely recognized BMD test is called a central dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry, or central DXA test.

Reviewed on 12/4/2018

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