I am wondering if anybody can help me translate the results of my Dexa scan carried out two weeks ago.
I have been on Prednisolone now for three years and am down to 5mg. I am 73.
I referred myself for a Dexa scan in 2016 and again this month to see if there had been any significant change in two years. It states that 'overall density has decreased by 7.3% since previous scan' but I don't know if that is significant or not.
It says...……………." The Lumbar spine was assessed on our Lunar Prodigy Advance machine.
Overall lumbar spine density is 1.23 g/cm2 which is in the high normal range by WHO criteria (T-score 0.5). 1.7 standard deviations above the mean for age. Overall density has decreased by 7.3% since previous scan. There is variation between lumbar levels but all are well within the normal range. The scanogram shows evidence of degeneration at multiple levels and measured bone density is likely to be artificially high as a result of this.
The hips could not be assessed due to joint replacements ".
I have osteoarthritis and spinal stenosis so the reference to degeneration is of no surprise.
There are a lot of figures and diagrams with the report the "Conclusion" being ...… " Measured lumbar spine density remains in the high normal range but is likely to be over estimated due to degenerative change ".
Thanks for reading