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Osteoporosis or Bone Loss can not be detected on routine X-rays unless you have lost 40 percent of your bone density.

In other words you could lose almost a third of your bone density and still have normal looking x-rays.

Therefore, if you want to know if you indeed have lost bone, you should obtain a DEXA examination.

DEXA or Dual-Energy X-ray Absorptiometry is a scanning technique using extremely low radiation exposure to determine bone density with Significant precision.