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 recieve an automated appointment confirmation call from our system prior to your appointment
On the day of your visit:
- Please bring a photo ID, your insurance information, portion of payment and the prescription (for diagnostic mammograms only) from your physician to your appointment. If you are having a screening mammogram, you do not need a prescription.
- We recommend you wear a two-piece outfit so that you will only need to disrobe from the waist up. Please refrain from using any deodorant, lotions, powders, perfumes, or any other products on your upper torso or arms, as they may contain minerals that interfere with the results of your study.
- It is important to notify your technologist if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
- You may eat, drink and take medications as usual unless you are advised differently.
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.