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The most common situation when a dexa bone density scan is considered necessary is when there is concern regarding a condition called osteoporosis. As we grow older our bones lose mass making them more likely to fracture.
Referrals are not required to book an appointment for this scan. However, you will be asked to give a medical provider’s name when filling out paper work so we can send the results of your exam to your provider.
No specific preparation is required, but if you are on any medications, please bring a list of your medications with you. The scan should not be performed within 72 hours of a nuclear bone scan or within a week of a barium study, as both procedures interrupt the accuracy of the bone density scan results.
The examination is performed by a radiographer and will take no more than 30 minutes. It is completely painless.
You will be provided with a gown to change into and will be positioned on the scan bed by the radiographer. The scanner has an ‘arm’ which will pass over the top of you, measuring the density of the bones in your spine and hip. A computer report is then generated which details your bone density, known as your T-score. Feel free to ask your radiographer if you have any questions.
After the examination, you are able to resume normal activities. The bone density specialist will issue the report to you and your doctor usually within 5 days.
The scanner uses an extremely low dosage of x-rays – so little in fact that the radiographer will remain in the room with you throughout the entire examination.
Osteoporosis increases your risk of suffering a debilitating fracture, which can be both painful and greatly affect your quality of life. Most common fracture sites are the spine, hip and wrists. The bone density scan is the best way of measuring your bone mass and detecting osteoporosis.
Referrals are not required. However you will be asked to give a medical provider’s name when filling out paper work so we can send the results of your exam to your provider.
Bone density is a test used to show if your bone has loss mass or bone density. The bone density scan can accurately predict who is at increased risk for fractures and used to accurately follow those with osteoporosis for worsening or improvement.
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