Bone Density

Bone Density

Bone Density, often referred to as Bone Mineral Density, is a type of medical imaging to measure the bone mineral densities in certain areas of the body. The bone density exam is ordered on patients whom are at risk for osteoporosis or those whom are already diagnosed with osteopenia or osteoporosis. During the test, the patient will lay on the table as the arm of the machine moves up and down. The patient will experience little to no discomfort and the machine utilizes low energy radiation. The bones most commonly tested are located in the lower spine (lumbar vertebrae), the narrow neck of the thighbone (femur) and bones in the forearm. If a prior bone density exam has been performed it is important to provide that information for comparison purposes by the radiologist. It is recommended that you check with your insurance carrier on coverage of the exam prior to your appointment. The allotted time for the scan is 30 minutes. This procedure may require specific Exam Preparations which can be reviewed before your bone density appointment.

Although osteoporosis is more common in older women, men also can develop the condition. Regardless of your sex or age, your doctor may recommend a bone density test if you’ve: