Bone Density Testing
A specialized test, called a bone mineral density (BMD) test, measures the density of bone in various parts of the body. Testing used at EWBC to measure bone density is the DXA* (Dual Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry) scan. This test measures the bone mineral density of the spine and hip. Once you have your test, your results are sent to the physician who ordered it. Bone Density testing is available in Brighton, Carthage, Geneseo, Greece and Victor.
For more information, check out the National Osteoporosis Foundation website at www.nof.org
To schedule a Bone Density Test (DXA) call 585-442-3922
- There is no pain associated with the test. You will be lying on your back for about 10-15 minutes. If you can’t safely lie on your back, are not able to transfer onto the table or if your weight (350 lbs.) exceeds the table limit, we may scan your forearm instead from a chair.
- Bone densitometry uses only minimal radiation. The amount is so small that the technologist stays in the room with you. The dose is about 1/10 of a chest x-ray. If you think you may be pregnant, please let your doctor and technologist know
- You may eat as you normally would. PLEASE DO NOT TAKE VITAMINS, CALCIUM SUPPLEMENTS, TUMS OR ROLAIDS on the day of your appointment or we will have to reschedule your bone density appointment.
- Please continue to take all prescription medications.
- Wear comfortable clothing, but please refrain from wearing underwire bras or any clothing with metal snaps or zippers around the waist.
- No special preparation is required for bone density testing. As stated above, PLEASE DO NOT TAKE VITAMINS, CALCIUM SUPPLEMENTS, TUMS OR ROLAIDS on the day of your appointment or we will have to reschedule your bone density appointment. Please continue to take all prescription medications.
- The complete exam should take about 15-20 minutes.
- During a bone density exam, all you need to do is lie on your back and the technologist will perform the exam.
- As you are lying on a padded cushion, scans are taken of your spine and hip to determine your density.
Your results are sent to your referring physician within a week of your appointment. Your results will be available on the EWBC patient portal.
This test measures your bone mineral density (BMD). The lower your bone mineral density is, the greater the risk of a fracture.
The test is used to:
- Detect low bone density before a person breaks a bone
- Predict a person’s chances of breaking a bone in the future
- Confirm a diagnosis of osteoporosis when a person has already broken a bone
- Determine whether a person’s bone density is increasing, decreasing or remaining stable
- Monitor a person’s response to treatment
This page is intended as an educational resource only. It is not a substitute for professional care.
Please see your physician if you have any concerns about your own health.