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Bone Densitometry Study

A Bone Densitometry Study is used to measure bone calcium levels. It identifies the extent of any osteoporosis.

Is There Any Special Preparation Needed Before the Test?

No special preparation is required before having a Bone Densitometry Study. You can eat and drink before the procedure.

How is the Test Performed?

No medication or injections are used. You will be asked to lie down on your back with your knees bent. Very small amounts of different energy x-rays are then passed through the body and absorbed by the tissues. A computer will then calculate how much of the tissues is calcium. The computer then generates a picture of the amount of calcium in the area of the bones.

What Happens After the Test?

When the exam is completed, the nuclear medicine physician will review your images, prepare a written report and discuss the results with your doctor. Your doctor will then explain the test results to you and discuss what further procedures, if any, are needed.

What Other Information Should I Know?

  • The amount of radiation you will receive during the test is no more than what you would receive from similar x-ray procedures.
  • Be sure to tell your doctor if you are pregnant or think that you are pregnant.
  • You should be able to resume your daily activities after the test.
  • Please wear loose clothing.