Osteoporosis and Bone Density

Osteoporosis is a disease that causes the bones to become thinner and weaker over time, thereby increasing the chances for a fracture. Bones in the spine and hip are particularly at risk for fractures due to osteoporosis. Although women are four times more likely to develop osteoporosis, it can affect men as well.

What Is Bone Density Testing?

Bone density testing is the standard for diagnosing osteoporosis. The quick and painless test is performed on a machine called a bone densitometer and is very similar to having an x-ray performed while lying down.

A bone density test measures the thickness of bones and can detect the effects of osteoporosis.

How is Osteoporosis Treated?

Exercise, medications, dietary supplements, and changes in diet and lifestyle can all help to minimize the effects of osteoporosis.

Marlborough Hospital also has endocrinologists on its medical staff who specialize in the treatment of osteoporosis.


Bone density tests can be scheduled by calling 508-486-5566.