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Bone Density

A bone density test, also known as bone mass measurement or bone mineral density test, measures the strength and density of your bones. A 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. These 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 for a Bone Density Test

Arrive 30 minutes prior to your appointment time to register and complete necessary paperwork, and make sure you are wearing comfortable, loose clothing, with no metal zippers or buttons.

During the test, you will be asked to lay flat on a table for approximately 10 minutes. The test is painless, non-invasive, and safe. Results will be sent to the referring physician within 24 to 48 hours.