Bone Densitometry

 

What is a bone density study?

A bone density study measures the calcium content (density) of your bones. You are having this exam because you may be at risk for osteoporosis (loss of bone mass). This exam can also show whether your medications are slowing down bone loss.

Preparing for the exam:

  • There is no prep. You can eat and drink right up until the time of your exam.
  • Bring a list of medications you take.

What should I wear to my appointment?

You should wear loose comfortable clothing. Avoid wearing clothes with metal/plastic button and zippers.  If you do arrive wearing any of the above, you may be asked to change into a hospital gown.

During your exam:

You will be asked to lie on your back on a table. The table will move in and out of the scanner. You will be asked to stay still.

After the exam:

After the exam is completed, you will be able to go home and return to normal activities. The scan will be read by a radiologist. Test results will be given to you by your physician.

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