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Why Get Tested?

To help evaluate and monitor the rate of bone resorption and formation; to monitor some metabolic bone diseases such as osteoporosis; to help detect metabolic bone disorders such as Paget disease.

When to Get Tested?

When a bone mineral density scan indicates reduced bone density; before and periodically during treatment for bone loss to evaluate effectiveness, to determine if the rate of loss has decreased or the rate of bone formation has increased.

Sample Required?

A blood sample drawn from a vein in your arm or sometimes a urine sample.


Test Preparation Needed?

Fasting may be required before testing; samples are typically collected in the morning.



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