Bone Density Testing
Bone Density Scanning
Bone Density Scanning, also called DEXA or Bone Densitometry, is an enhanced form of x-ray that is used to measure bone loss and to determine the presence of osteoporosis, as well as, monitor it's treatment. Radiologists, who are experts in interpreting Bone Density studies, will analyze your images and send a signed report to your primary care physician or the physician who referred you for the exam. Your physician will discuss the results with you.
Preparing for an Bone Density Scan
On the day of your Bone Density scan, wear loose-fitting clothing with no zippers, snaps, or metal buttons, and preferably a sports bra without hooks and/or underwire. Avoid wearing jewelry. No vitamins, calcium or mineral supplements the morning of the appointment. It is OK to take all other medications and no fasting is necessary.