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Bone Densitometry is a non-invasive procedure in which a patient’s bone mineral density is measured. A very low energy x-ray beam is used to produce a scan of the lumbar spine and hip or forearm. Doctors use the information gathered from this study to assess bone condition, risk of fracture, and to assist in diagnosis for treatment.
Bone densitometry may not be performed within one week of any Nuclear Medicine studies or any studies using contrast, such as Upper GI or Barium Enema. If the patient is taking calcium supplements, they need to stop taking them 24 hours prior to exam. Comfortable clothing should be worn such as two-piece sweat suits or soft cotton clothing. Metal objects such as belt buckles, snaps, zippers, and buttons will interfere with the scan and must be removed. The scan occurs with the patient fully clothed, lying on a table, while the camera is imaging the area(s) of interest.
Exam Time: 30-45 minutes
Patients should arrive 15 minutes early to process paperwork