Radiology and Imaging

Bone Densitometry

Below is a list of some frequently asked questions, but feel free to contact us if you need additional information. We are always pleased to assist you.

What is a Bone Density Test (DEXA or BMD)?

A Bone Density Test uses small amounts of radiation to determine the bone density of the spine, hip, or wrist. Your results are compared with those of healthy young adults of your sex at their peak bone mass. This information can help your physician diagnose osteoporosis or determine whether you need to take certain steps to protect your bone health.

Who performs my BMD?

A qualified Radiologic Technologist (RT), licensed by the state, will perform your examination.

How is a BDM performed?

A BDM test is simple, safe, and painless. In most cases you don’t even need to undress.

How long does the BDM take?

Test of the spine, hip, or wrist can take 2 to 5 minutes each.

Why do you need a BMD test?

Your physician recommended a BMD test to help confirm a diagnosis of osteoporosis, detect low bone density before a fracture occurs, determine your rate of bone loss (if the test is repeated over time), or monitor the effects of treatments over time.

What happens with the results?

A qualified physician will generate a written report, which will be sent to the physician who referred you for the exam.

 

Physician Referrals

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