A Bone Density scan, also known as a Bone Densitometry. Bone Mineral Density scan, or DEXA (Dual-Energy X-ray Absorption) is a test used to asses the strength of a person’s bones.
A Bone Density scan is commonly used to diagnose or determine the likelihood of Osteoporosis or bone fractures.
Little preparation is required for a Bone Density scan. Patients can eat normally and take their regular medications. However, it is usually asked that no vitamin pills or mineral supplements are taken the day of the exam.
It is preferred that patients wear comfortable clothing with no metal, such as zippers, buttons, or clasps, as these items can interfere with the Bone Density exam.
It is asked that patients wait at least 3 weeks if they have had an exam that required a contrast X-ray study, such as a CT scan.
A Bone Density scan uses very low-energy radiation. The radiation is very minimal. A fraction of that of a chest X-ray. The test is painless and widely considered as very safe.
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