A bone density test, sometimes called a Dexa scan, is the only test that can determine whether or not you have osteoporosis. At A Woman’s View, we recommend coming into our office to have a bone density screening if you are over the age of 50. If you have certain risk factors, we may encourage you to be screened earlier.
There are many different things that a bone density screening can tell us, such as:
- Whether osteoporosis has developed, or your bones have started to weaken
- If you are at a risk of breaking a bone in the future
- If your bone density is getting worse, staying the same or getting better
- How well any osteoporosis medications you’re currently taking are working
Bone density tests are performed using a specialized machine that can determine the density of your bones and the amount of bone in your hip, spine and the other bones in your body. Based on the information we collect during your bone density screening we will be able to make recommendations that can help you protect the health and strength of your bones.
Patient instructions for bone density screening:
- Wear loose, comfortable clothing like sweatpants and a T-shirt, but no metal, such as zippers, snaps, etc.
- You should avoid X-ray contrast studies seven days prior to your appointment
- Before your scan, eat and drink normally
- Do not take calcium supplements the morning of your test
A bone density scan is a 10 to 20-minute test that’s easy, quick and painless — just relax on a cushioned bed while a scanner arm passes over your body.
Your provider will review your results with you during your follow-up appointment.