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Bone Densitometry

Bone densitometry is done to measure the density of bones. This procedure is painless. The most common examination sites are the hip and the spine.


A bone density scan requires little preparation. You may eat normally and take medications as prescribed by your doctor the morning of your test.

The only restrictions are:

  • Do not take any vitamin pills or mineral supplements 24 hours prior to the exam.
  • You must not have any exams involving barium or radioisotopes within the last 7 days.  These scans interfere with the bone density results.

If you have had an xray where contrast, barium or an isotope was administered, we will not be able to do this test until 7 days have passed. You are allowed to continue taking any medication that has been prescribed for you. You will be asked to lie still on a table during the examination. A scanner arm will move back and forth above you. A series of images will be taken. When these are reviewed and we are satisfied with the quality, you will be allowed to go home. A report will be sent to your physician.