Diagnosis & Treatment


To find out if you have osteoporosis, there are several tests, which can be done to measure bone density. These include:

  • DXA scan (dual X-ray absorptiometry)
  • QCT (Ultrasound and quantitative computed tomography)
  • Blood tests
  • Bone densitometry


Although there is no cure for osteoporosis, there are a number of treatments and medications available that can assist those living with the disease. However, getting the right osteoporosis medication will depend on a number of factors, including:

  • Age – certain medications are more appropriate for postmenopausal women.
  • Sex – some medications are specifically – and only approved – for women.
  • How far along the osteoporosis disease is – health practitioners should take into consideration other health elements (such as breast cancer, blood clots, radiation treatment, etc.) before recommending the right osteoporosis medication.
  • Personal preferences – medications are available as pills, liquids or IV medicines and preference of this will vary from person to person.