New research could mean millions of older women can skip frequent screening tests for osteoporosis: If an initial bone scan shows no big problems, many can safely wait 15 years to have another one, the study suggests.
Government advisers and leading doctor groups urge osteoporosis screening, but no one has known how often that should happen. The findings offer the best information to date on that question, experts said.
At issues are bone mineral density tests, which usually are done through Xrays and cost around $250. It takes about 10 minutes and involves less radiation than what’s emitted during a chest X-ray. Medicare pays for testing every two years.
The new study feeds concerns that the tests are done too often, at least for some women. (AP)