Bone Density Scan

Bone Density Scan

What is a Bone Density Scan?

A bone density scan can help determine if you have osteoporosis. Bone density scans can actually diagnose osteoporosis before you have a fracture. Bone density scans uses x-rays to measure calcium and other minerals packed into a particular segment of bone.

How Can I Prepare?

You will need to do virtually no prep before a bone density scan. A bone density scan is quick, painless, and non-invasive. Tell your doctor if you have recently had a barium exam or had contrast material injected, as it can interfere with your results. You should also not take calcium supplements for 24 hours before a scan.

What Can I Expect?

Bone density tests are done on the bones that are most likely to fracture due to osteoporosis such as the lower spine, the hip, or the forearm. The scan uses a very low dose of radiation, and takes between 10 and 30 minutes to complete. In general, the most accurate scans are of the spine or hip joint. Before and after the exam, you can go about your day as normal.

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ACR

AMERICAN COLLEGE OF RADIOLOGY 

ICAVL

INTERSOCIETAL COMMISSION FOR THE ACCREDITATION OF VASCULAR LABORATORIES 

ICANL

INTERSOCIETAL COMMISSION FOR THE ACCREDITATION OF NUCLEAR LABORATORIES

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