Bone Mineral Density Testing Care
Bone Mineral Density Testing Details
Alternate Names for Bone Mineral Density Testing:
Dual energy x-ray absorptiometry
- Eat normally on the day of the test.
- If you have had a barium study, or have been injected with contrast dye for a CT scan or MRI , wait at least seven days before having a DEXA scan.
- Wear loose, comfortable clothing. Do not wear clothing with metal zippers, belts, or buttons.
You will lie on a table. A machine will pass over your body and take measurements of your bone density by sending a thin, invisible beam of low-dose x-rays through your bones. The amount of radiation is very small, less than 1/10 the dose of a standard chest x-ray . A picture of your skeleton will be made based on how much the x-rays have changed after passing through your bones.Spine or Hip Measurement
Your toes will be placed in a “pigeon-toed” position, and the same steps above are done.Wrist Measurement
You will sit in a chair beside the DEXA machine. Your arm will be placed in a holding device while the measurement is taken.After Test
You will be able to leave after the test is done.How Long Will It Take?
About 10 minutesWill It Hurt?
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