Bone Density (dexa scans)
A bone density test, also known as bone mass measurement or bone mineral
density test, measures the strength and density of your bones. The Radiologist
will compare your bone density with standards for what is expected in
someone of your age, gender, and size, and to the optimal peak bone density
of a healthy young adult of the same gender.
Bone density exams are usually performed every 2 years.
Bone density testing can help to:
- Detect low bone density before a fracture occurs.
- Confirm a diagnosis of osteoporosis if you have already fractured.
- Predict your chances of fracturing in the future.
- Determine your rate of bone loss and/or monitor the effects of treatment
if the test is conducted at intervals of a year or more.
How to prepare:
- Wear loose comfortable clothing, with no metal zippers or buttons.
- Arrive 30 minutes prior to appointment time to register and complete necessary
What to expect:
- You will be asked to lay flat on a table for approximately 10 minutes.
The test is painless, noninvasive, and safe.
- Results will be sent to the referring physician within 24-48 hours.