One of the tests performed in the Kymera Radiology/Imaging Department is the bone density scan. There are many reasons to have this test done depending on patient treatments. It is a common, non-invasive test in medicine today.
What is a Bone Density Scan?
A bone density scan checks for osteoporosis . Contrary to popular belief, osteoporosis is not only something which affects older people. It is a test to see if the bones have become porous, which makes them brittle and easy to break. Porosity occurs when the bones lose mass.
Osteoporosis can occur when people have had fractures or as they age. It can also occur when certain medications are being taken like steroids, if a patient has received a transplant, or had a drop in their hormone levels.
Thus, many diseases and their treatments can result in porous bones. Only a bone density scan can reveal if this is the case. If it is, the patient can undergo additional treatments to improve bone health.
How is a Bone Density Scan Performed?
When going in for a bone density scan, the patient will lie on a special table. Then, a scanning device will pass from one end of their body to the other, generally from head to feet. The entire bone density test takes just a few minutes, is completely non-invasive, and pain-free.
Before getting a bone density scan, many patients ask if it is the same as a Bone Density Test? It is. The two terms refer to the same procedure.
How do I prepare for a bone density scan?
Unlike many other tests, a bone density scan requires little preparation. A patient may eat a normal diet and take medications as prescribed unless your doctor states otherwise. The only restrictions:
- do not take mineral supplements or vitamin pills the morning of the test.
- do not have the test if any exams involving radioisotopes or barium have been performed in the previous month as these will interfere with results.
Kymera Imaging Department Bone Density Scans
Our Radiologists also have the ability to determine an individual’s body composition with a DEXA (DXA) bone density scan. Also called dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry, bone densitometry involves the use of small amounts of ionized radiation to measure the density of bones.
The most common use of the Bone Density Scan is to diagnose osteoporosis but may also be used to assess a patient with other conditions which may cause bone loss. This radiology test can also be used to check one’s susceptibility to fractures.
Our highly qualified radiology staff and state-of-the-art imaging equipment ensures that our patients enjoy a Better Healthcare Experience with every visit. If you would like a bone density scan for any reason, please make an appointment now.