Bone Density Scanning

Early detection is key to beating Osteoporosis. Test your bone density with our state-of-the-art scanner.

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What is Bone Density Scanning?

A bone density test is the only test that can diagnose osteoporosis before a broken bone occurs. Osteoporosis, which affects 1 in 2 women and 1 in 4 men over 50, is a bone disease that occurs when the body loses too much bone, makes too little bone, or both.

You can find out whether you have osteoporosis or if you should be concerned about your bones by getting a bone density test, also called a bone mass measurement test. This test uses a machine to measure your bone density by estimating the amount of calcium and other minerals in your bones.

What will a bone density scan show me about my health?

A bone density test tells you if you have normal bone density, low bone density (osteopenia) or osteoporosis.

Your bone density test results are reported using T-scores. A T-score shows how much your bone density is higher or lower than the bone density of a healthy 30-year old adult. The lower a person’s T-score, the lower the bone density.

What Your T-score Means. According to the World Health Organization (WHO):
  • A T-score of -1.0 or above is normal bone density. Examples are 0.9, 0 and -0.9.
  • A T-score between -1.0 and -2.5 means you have low bone density or osteopenia. Examples are T-scores of -1.1, -1.6 and -2.4.
  • A T-score of -2.5 or below is a diagnosis of osteoporosis. Examples are T-scores of -2.6, -3.3 and -3.9.

What can I expect during my appointment?

During your appointment, our technician will use a peripheral DEXA (p-DEXA) scan to measure the bone density in your forearm, fingers, hand, and feet. You will be able to leave your clothes on throughout the process, and you will be asked to remain still. A bone density scan uses very low doses of radiation. It is safe for most people.

Who should have their bone density tested?

Bone density testing is strongly recommended if you:
  • Are a post-menopausal woman and not taking estrogen.
  • Have a personal or maternal history of hip fracture or smoking.
  • Are a post-menopausal woman who is tall (over 5 feet 7 inches) or thin (less than 125 pounds).
  • Are a man with clinical conditions associated with bone loss, such as rheumatoid arthritis, chronic kidney or liver disease.
  • Use medications that are known to cause bone loss, including corticosteroids such as Prednisone, various anti-seizure medications such as Dilantin and certain barbiturates, or high-dose thyroid replacement drugs.
  • Have type 1 (formerly called juvenile or insulin-dependent) diabetes, liver disease, kidney disease, or a family history of osteoporosis.
  • Have high bone turnover, which shows up in the form of excessive collagen in urine samples.
  • Have a thyroid condition, such as hyperthyroidism.
  • Have a parathyroid condition, such as hyperparathyroidism.
  • Have experienced a fracture after only mild trauma.
  • Have had x-ray evidence of vertebral fracture or other signs of osteoporosis.