Oct 22, 2010 10:51 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5
A new study may change how often older women need a bone density screening.
Researchers at the University of North Carolina found women with normal bone density at age 67 may be able to wait 10 years before their next screening test. That's because by that age, a woman's bone density is not likely to change.
More frequent screenings may be needed if a woman has a family history of osteoporosis, is underweight or she did not take hormones after menopause.
The study was presented at the American Society for Bone Mineral Research.