A bone mineral density (BMD) test is used to diagnose bone loss and determine a patient’s risk for fractures. This test is also known as bone mass measurement or bone densitometry. BMD tests measure the amount of calcium in different regions of the bone, usually targeting the hip, spine or wrist, which are the most common areas of bone loss related fractures. During the test, the patient lies on a padded table while the system scans one or more areas of the body. The entire exam typically takes less than 30 minutes to complete.
Prior to your visit:
- To make your visit as quick as possible, we will make every effort to pre-register you for your visit. You will receive an automated appointment confirmation call from our system prior to your appointment
- You do not have to change your daily routine before this test. Eat, drink, and take any medications as you normally would. However, do not take calcium supplements or drugs that contain calcium, such as Tums, for 24 hours before your bone densitometry test.
- If you’ve had an injection of contrast dye for a CT scan or have had any barium, you should wait 7 days before having a bone density exam. The contrast could interfere with your bone density test.
On the day of your visit:
- Please bring a photo ID, your insurance information, portion of payment and the prescription from your physician to your appointment.
- Avoid wearing clothes with metal zippers, belts, or buttons.
Following your visit:
Our radiologists will interpret your images and send a report directly to your doctor. Your doctor will communicate the results of your exam to you.