Free Bone Density Screening

This is a screening that involves measuring bone density at your heel. This screening test cannot be used for the diagnosis of osteoporosis or to measure your progress over time. However, if you have never been tested for osteoporosis, it can give information about your risk and also help determine if you need the “central” bone density test of your hip and spine. If you have had the “central” scan of your hip and your spine, then you do not need this screening test.

Osteoporosis is a disease we will be seeing a lot more as the American population continues to age. But you can really reduce your chances of breaking bone by recognizing your risk factors and getting screened for low bone density. Here are the major risk factors for osteoporosis:

  • Being a woman. Women are more likely to have osteoporosis but men can get it too. 80% of the people with osteoporosis are women – which means that 20% are men. And when you figure in that 10 million Americans have osteoporosis – that means 2 million of those are men.
    • Once women go through menopause, their risk of osteoporosis really goes – estrogen keeps our bones strong, so when we lose it, our bone density drops.
  • Age. Getting older is one of the biggest risk factors for having an osteoporosis-related bone break.
  • Low body weight. This is one of the few diseases where being thin is actually a risk factor!
  • Family History. Your genetics play a big role in how strong your bones will be.
  • Certain Medications. Some medications that you may take for other diseases or disorders can cause you to lose bone density. Prednisone (a type of corticosteroid) is one of them as well as some anti-seizure medications like dilantin put you at risk for osteoporosis.
  • Lack of Calcium & Vitamin D.
  • Lack of Exercise.
  • Smoking.
  • Excessive Alcohol.

Even having just one risk factor greatly increases your chances of having osteoporosis. If you think you are at risk come to our screening on Tuesday. We will measure your bone density at your heel & evaluate your risk factors to determine your risk for osteoporosis.


UAB Kirklin Clinic Patient Resource Library (2nd Floor)
Located on the right as you come in from the second floor entrance of the
Kirklin Clinic Parking Deck
Wednesday, July 11
9:00 am to 11:00 am – no appointment necessary
Call the 1.888.934.BONE for more information or visit