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If I have confirmed diagnosis of osteoporosis, and started on medication, should I get a yearly DEXA scan to monitor my progress?
MedHead Confidence Score: 5
Amount Saved: $1000 cost of DEXA scan for five years
Once you have started medication for your osteoporosis, a yearly DEXA scan is not needed or warranted. It won’t change your outcome, and costs money. Save the $1000 over five years and upgrade your closet space instead.
1. Qaseem, A. et. al. Treatment of Low Bone Density or Osteoporosis to Prevent Fractures in Men and Women: A Clinical Practice Guideline Update From the American College of Physicians. Ann Intern Med. 2017;166(11):818-839.