Many women can wait 15 years between bone scans

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Associated Press

Posted on January 18, 2012 at 5:08 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 18 at 5:08 PM

ATLANTA (AP) -- New research suggests that many older women may be able to get fewer bone tests.

The scans are recommended for women after menopause to check for bone loss. A government task force advises that all women over 65 get a scan. But no one has known how often they should get those screenings.

A new study finds women can safely wait 15 years if their initial bone scan shows no big problems.

Bone mineral density tests are usually done with X-rays and cost around $250.

The findings are published in Thursday's New England Journal of Medicine

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