What is bone densitometry?
Bone density testing, or bone mass measurement, is a medical procedure used to determine bone density or strength. These tests can identify osteoporosis or osteopaenia and the risk of future bone fractures.
What do we need to know at the time of booking and before the examination?
Please inform booking staff or the radiographer of any recent imaging appointments involving barium, the injection of contrast material for a CT scan or a radioisotope injection.
No specific preparation is necessary for this test. Loose comfortable clothing is suggested, avoiding zippers, buckles and metal buttons if possible. We suggest not taking calcium tablets 24 hours prior to the Bone Densitometry examination.
Please bring any previous films with you for comparison.
A Bone Mineral Densitometry examination is a comfortable, easy test that does not require an injection. You change into a gown. You will be asked to lie on your back in two different positions to allow measurement of the lower spine and one of the hips. The technique used in the test uses a very small amount of radiation, so please inform staff if there is any possibility of pregnancy. A radiographer will remain in the room for the entire examination.
How long will a bone densitometry take?
About 15-30 minutes.
Your images and report:
It is important that you make an appointment to return to your doctor after you have collected your examination result. Whether they are normal or abnormal, your doctor needs to correlate with other information for further management.
Your result will include a copy of the images from your study as well as a report from our radiologist.
Depending on your referrer’s preference(s), a copy of the report can also be sent to your referring doctor by fax or electronic download.
Digital copies of all studies are stored on our secured database for comparison with any future examinations.