What does a bone profile blood test do?

A bone profile of blood tests helps to determine how well your body's metabolic processes are affecting your skeleton. As we age the strength of our bones can be weakened by conditions like osteoporosis.

Bone is made up of collagen, a protein that gives the bone its strength and framework, and calcium phosphate, a mineralised complex that hardens the bone. Bone markers - signs of the bone turnover process - are used alongside bone density testing to look for the presence of bone diseases such as osteoporosis or other issues with your bones.

What's included in a bone profile blood test?

Your blood sample is tested for:

  • Calcium
  • Phosphate
  • Albumin
  • Alkaline phosphatase