Bone Density Scan
Helping Connecticut women fight osteoporosis.
Bone density scanning, also called dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) is an enhanced form of x-ray technology that is used to measure bone density. It is typically performed on the lower spine and hips.
Bone Density Scanning is used to diagnose osteoporosis and assess an individual's risk for developing fractures. It is quick, noninvasive and uses less than 1/10th the dose of a standard chest x-ray. Osteoporosis is a debilitating bone loss condition that affects one in three women after menopause. Although osteoporosis typically afflicts women, men can also develop bone loss. For women, a baseline scan is usually recommended at age 50 or post-menopausal. Subsequent scans are generally ordered every 2 years.
Our Equipment and Technologists
Our x-ray machines are “digital”, meaning that we use computers to improve the quality of the images, and at the same time using a lower x-ray dose. Our knowledgeable, professional technologists will put you at ease and answer all of your questions before the exam.
How to Prepare for a Bone Density Scan
Do not take calcium supplements for at least 24 hours before the exam. Dress comfortably avoiding garments that have zippers, belts or buttons made of metal.
What to Expect
You may be asked to wear a gown. You will be asked to lie face-up on a padded table. An x-ray detector or arm is located above the table. To assess your spine, your legs are supported on a padded box to flatten the pelvis and lower spine. To assess your hip, your foot will be placed in a brace that rotates your hip inward. In both cases, the detector arm is slowly passed over the hip and spine generating images on a computer monitor. Just relax and remain still for a few seconds. It is a quick and painless procedure. There are no restrictions after the exam.
You can expect a 30 minute appointment with a 10 minute scan time.
Your doctor(s) will receive a full detailed written report from our highly trained radiologists within one day. We will provide you with a CD copy of your exam, for your personal records or to bring to your referring physician on your follow-up visit. Our goal is to provide you with the highest level of customer service and image quality in a caring and supportive environment.
If you have any questions or concerns about your procedure, feel free to call us at 203-453-5123 or contact us online.