When the patient has osteoporosis, radiographic examination reveals bones that are more transparent, less dense than normal. But a simple radiological examination only speaks for itself in significant osteoporosis.
Aspects of osteoporotic vertebral fractures on spine
A bone densitometry examination measures the density of the bones and enables an accurate diagnosis because it provides an objective view of the severity of the bone loss characteristic of osteoporosis.
Result of bone densitometry measuring bone mineral density
X-rays may show loss of cartilage which is manifested by a narrowing of the joint space between the two parts of the joint and the presence of osteophytes (bone spurs around the joint).
Osteosclerosis is condensation of the subchondral bone.