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.