To determine if you have osteoporosis, your doctor will have you take a bone mineral density (BMD) test. This test is painless and only takes a few minutes. You don't have to do anything special to prepare for it – you may not even have to get undressed.
The bone density test is really pretty simple. It's like an X-ray. It sends radiation through your bones to create an image of them. The image is then "read" by your doctor.
If you receive an osteoporosis diagnosis, be sure to discuss all your treatment options with your doctor. With once-yearly Reclast, it's possible to significantly increase your bone mass without taking weekly or monthly osteoporosis pills.
Your doctor may order a follow-up bone density test for you, to see how you're doing. Your follow-up bone density test may be about two years after your first one. Bone density testing is an important part of keeping your bones strong and healthy for yourself, and the people you love.