Do not wear clothing with zippers or metal.
Weight restrictions of 265 lbs.
Allow 7 days after all Nuclear Medicine and Barium Studies.
Bone Densitometry uses very low-level x-ray to determine the density or strength of bones. It is able to determine if you have osteopenia as well as osteoporosis – a disease that causes bones to become more fragile and more likely to break.
In the past, osteoporosis could be detected only after you broke a bone. By that time, however, your bones could be quite fragile. A bone density test makes it possible to know your risk of breaking bones before the fact.
This test uses low-level X-rays to measure how many grams of calcium and other bone minerals are packed into a segment of bone. Although images of your hip and lower spine are prefered, the wrist or forearm can be used as well.
Doctors use bone density testing to:
- Identify decreases in bone density before you break a bone
- Determine your risk of breaking bones
- Confirm a diagnosis of osteoporosis if you’ve experienced broken bones
- Monitor osteoporosis treatment
You are required to have a referral from your health care provider and Alberta Health and Wellness guidelines stipulate only 1 screening Bone Density exam a year.
Our technologists are certified by the International Society of Clinical Densitometry and licensed to practice through the Alberta College of Combined Laboratory and X-ray Technologists or Alberta College of Medical Diagnostic and Therapeutic Technologists