Osteoporosis can be detected before a fracture occurs. This is made possible through bone density testing. These tests allow measurements of bone thickness and calcium content by simple x–ray based scans using negligible doses of radiation. We complete bone density tests as well as additional blood and urine tests to determine the presence, type and severity of osteoporosis, and all diagnostic tests are completed onsite. Bone biopsies may be necessary to determine the exact cause of osteoporosis in individuals not responding to treatment and those who continue to suffer from fractures despite effective therapy. Bone biopsies can also be helpful in determining the type of bone disease present in those individuals who have kidney disease. Bone biopsies for the Region of Halton are completed by Dr. Khan at Halton Healthcare Services.