Bone Densitometry in Central Utah
Checking the Strength & Integrity of Bones
Bone densitometry is a simple, noninvasive imaging test that is similar
to an X-ray. This test is used for checking the strength and density of
bones and is most often used to look for signs of osteoporosis or bone
fractures. No special preparation is needed for this test, but you should
not consume any calcium supplements or medications that include calcium
for 24 hours before the test. You should also not receive this test if
you are pregnant.
What to Expect During a Bone Densitometry Scan
Bone densitometry scanning is usually done in an outpatient setting, meaning
you should be able to return home the same day as the test. During the
procedure, you will lie face up on a padded table and receive a series
of low-radiation x-rays. These x-rays are specially designed to measure
bone density and display results on a nearby monitor for the radiologist.
The test should not have any lingering effects and you should be able to
drive yourself home afterward. If your test showed signs of osteoporosis
or another abnormality, your doctor may recommend you receive a bone densitometry
scan every couple of years to assess the condition.
For more on bone densitometry scanning at Central Valley Medical Center,
call our imaging department: 435-623-3165.