Bone densitometry

Bone densitometry

What is bone densitometry?

Bone densitometry is an advanced form of x-ray technology used to assess bone mineral density to determine fracture risk.  Bone density scans are most often used to diagnose osteoporosis and osteopenia.

A bone density assessment includes:

  • Education for primary care doctors, other providers and patient regarding drug therapies to treat osteoporosis and lessen fracture risk
  • Education on prevention of bone loss using calcium and Vitamin D intake and exercise
  • Recommendations for appropriate treatment to reduce fracture risk

Is a physician order needed?

Yes, TRIA will perform a Bone Density exam on any patient with a written order from their physician.

Planning ahead for your appointment

  • You may eat normally on the day of your exam. You should not take a calcium tablet 24 hours prior to your exam.
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing. Avoid wearing anything with zippers, belts or buttons made of metal.
  • Inform your physician if you have participated in a barium study. You may need to wait three weeks before you can have a bone density scan.
  • Pregnant women will be asked to re-schedule the exam until post-pregnancy.

What to expect during your appointment?

  • You will be asked to fill out a questionnaire upon arrival to help the doctor assess medications and medical conditions that may contribute to fracture risk.
  • If there is any metal on your clothing, you will change into shorts or a gown.
  • The patient will lie on their back on a padded table for the bone density scan. Both the hip and spine will be scanned and typically taking less than 10 minutes.

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  • Test results may take up to two weeks.
  • Test results will be provided to the patient by the physician who ordered the exam.