Bone Density Scans

Bone densitometry is used primarily to diagnose osteoporosis and to determine fracture risk. More than 50 million Americans have osteoporosis, a weakening of bones within the body. Early diagnosis of osteoporosis can mean more treatment options to stop, slow, or prevent bone loss. While there is no cure for osteoporosis, symptom improvement can be achieved through diet, exercise, and in some cases medication. 

A bone density test may be ordered by your medical provider if you are postmenopausal or have risk factors such as taking a medication that can cause bone thinning or a family history. Bone densitometry is used to measure the bone mineral content and density of the lower spine, hip, and lower arm. With a lower bone mass, bones are more brittle and more prone to break or fracture easily. 

What to Expect

Special DXA imaging technology is used to measure bone density. After your imaging technologist explains the test, you will be asked to lie down on the DXA table. The machine will scan specific areas of the body. It is important for you to stay still during the testing. 

Once the images are obtained, the radiologist will be notified. Radiology reports will be provided to your attending provider - whether in the Emergency Room or a doctor's office.

If you have any questions about bone density testing, please contact our Diagnostic Imaging Department by calling (812) 523-4874 or email us.