I noticed today that my DEXA scan report from a few months ago had a little line graph on it that I didn't notice before and it showed my total hip score of -2.3 was about half way between -2.2 and -2.3 so I guess they go to the higher number of -2.3 to determine the score, but I was pretty happy about it since my last DEXA scan two years ago was -2.4 at the hip. The technician did say my previous -2.4 score was determined fraudulently so I really don't know if I improved or not, but I thought it was interesting that the graph showed I am half-way between -2.2 and -2.3. Every little increase in score helps and it motivates me to keep up the weight lifting/treadmill every other day and take my e-zorb and vitamin D3, and other supplements and food for bone health.
Jacal- My doctor told me not to focus on the T scores but rather on the g/cm2. If you look at that , how did you do? Also, what did the technician mean when she said your previous score was fraudulent???
If you mean what was the difference in g/cm2 from two years ago and now, I don't have that info right now, I just have the recent test. I am up to my neck in clearing out paperwork (that's how I found the Dexa report from a few months ago and noticed the graph). I am also rushing to get my taxes done this week because I'm going to San Diego next month for a wedding. I'll have to post the two scores another time.
The technician said the calculation from the local hospital DEXA scan was not configured correctly to get the proper t-scores, and he considered the results fraudulent. I went to an osteoporosis treatment center for my latest Dexa.
I misread the graph, sorry, it put me about half-way between -2.0 and -3.0, not -2.2 and -2.3 as I originally thought. Boy, I'm glad I posted the wrong info and you questioned it!
I'm really glad you asked me about the g/cm2 because as a scrutinized both Dexa scans I found something I wasn't aware of. The scan from two years ago gave my spine density as -0.2, g/cm2 at 1.178. The latest scan showed -1.0 spine density, g/cm2 at 1.057. When I first got my results back in Dec. 2007 I was disappointed at the -1.0 spine result which was worse, but the latest scan was measured from L1-L4, the earlier scan was from L2-L4, one less vertebrea was measured which may account for the difference, so maybe I didn't get worse, it could still be the same as two years ago when I could have been -1.0 all along if four veterbrea were measured.
Two years ago the left hip femur total measured -2.4, g/cm2 was .714. The latest is -2.4, g/cm2 is .709. The previous left femur neck was .700, -2.3,
and the latest is .713, -2.3.
In comparison, the two Dexa scans of the hip two years apart are just about the same, with a little improvement in the left femur neck. I guess it's good that I didn't get much worse. I'm weight lifting 110 pounds now on the hip abduction machine, I have to limit the distance and velocity on the treadmill due to knee problems, they don't like weight bearing exercise, but I try to stay on about an hour every other day at a walking speed.
I was just thinking, for the technician at the osteoporosis center to make a comment about fraudulent test scores from two years ago at the local hospital, you would think there would be a big difference between the two scans, but there isn't. He did say that my left hip score was -2.3 after the scan, not the -2.4 at total hip that his report says, so I don't know if they go by the femural neck (-2.3) rather than the total hip score.
I spoke to a doctor regarding the increase in my femoral neck score (-2.3), g/cm2 from 700 to 713, and he said that was very good because the femoral neck is what breaks, and he also said it was very good that I have maintained osteopenia range for two years and didn't slide down to osteoporosis, so many thanks to all you guys for all the help you have given me!!!!