What is Bone Mineral Density?
“A bone density test determines if you have osteoporosis — a disorder characterized by bones that are more fragile and more likely to break.
In the past, osteoporosis would be suspected only after you broke a bone. By that time, however, your bones could be quite weak. A bone density test enhances the accuracy of calculating your risk of breaking bones.
A bone density test uses X-rays to measure how many grams of calcium and other bone minerals are packed into a segment of bone. The bones that are most commonly tested are in the spine, hip and sometimes the forearm.”
Test Preperation Guidelines
Bone Mineral Density tests are very easy non-invasive procedures. As a patient you simply lie on your back and the scan arm will pass over you. The imaging procedure generally takes about 10-15minutes.
The Radiographer will position you appropriately in order to obtain the desired images. They ask that you stay still in order to avoid having to repeat the images.
For a Bone Density, you will be asked not to take any Calcium or Iron supplements the day of your exam and to bring an updated list of medications.
You should arrive 10 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment in order to ensure you a registered and complete the appropriate paperwork before your appointment time.
No contrast or radioactive exams at least 2 weeks prior to appointment. Appointment should not be booked within 2 weeks (can be 1 week if necessary, in some cases) of having any X-Ray exams involving contrast agents or having had a Nuclear Medicine examination
** On the day of your BMD, DO NOT take calcium supplements or Iron Tablets. If you do, we will not be able to complete your appointment and you will be required to re-schedule your exam to another day.
A bone density test uses X-rays to measure how many grams of calcium and other bone minerals are packed into a segment of bone. The bones that are most commonly tested are in the spine, hip and sometimes the forearm.