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Bone Densitometry



Bone Densitometry Patient Information

Bone Densitometry is a non-invasive examination that takes about 30minutes to perform. The report may take another 15 minutes after the scan.

How should I prepare for the procedure?

On the day of the exam you may eat normally. You should wear loose, comfortable clothing, avoiding garments that have zippers, belts or buttons made of metal, or alternatively, you may be asked to remove some or all of your clothes and to wear a gown during the exam. You may also be asked to remove jewelry and any metal objects or clothing that might interfere with the x-ray images.

Uncontrolled coughing/ sneezing may cause movement artifact which will compromise the accuracy of the examination.

Inform your physician if you recently had a barium examination or have been injected with a contrast material for a computed tomography (CT) scan or radioisotope scan. You may have to wait 10 to 14 days before undergoing a DXA test.

Women should always inform their physician and x-ray technologist if there is any possibility that they are pregnant. Many imaging tests are not performed during pregnancy so as not to expose the fetus to radiation. (Radiology Info)

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