A bone density test is the only diagnostic screening that can accurately diagnose osteoporosis and measure the density of your bones before you break one. It can also evaluate the effectiveness of medication you are taking for osteoporosis and tell you whether your bone density is staying the same, improving or getting worse.
How is bone density measured?
This non-invasive test is normally done on the hip or spine because these are the bones with the greatest chance of fracturing when you have osteoporosis. In cases where we can’t do the test on the spine or hip, we will test your forearm. We do the test using a DXA machine (dual energy x-ray absorptiometry) that uses very little radiation. The results help your physician determine whether you need treatment to reduce your risk of breaking a bone. It can also detect tiny spinal fractures using Vertebral Fracture Assessment or VFA.
Who should have a bone density test?
It is recommended that women over 65 and men over 70 have a bone density test. If you have risk factors for osteoporosis or have already broken a bone, your doctor may recommend you have the test at an earlier age.
Mid Rogue Imaging Center also offers whole body composition studies for patients who wish to accurately monitor body fat to muscle ratios.
How should I prepare for this procedure?
Wear comfortable clothing and avoid garments that have zippers, belts or buttons made of metal.
Let the technologist know if you’ve recently had a barium examination or have been injected with a contrast material for a CT scan.
Let the technologist know if there is a possibility you are pregnant.
Refrain from taking calcium supplements for at least 24 hours beforehand.
What happens during this exam?
During this simple, painless, and non-invasive procedure, you simply lie on the examination table. You may be asked to remain still and hold an awkward position for a short period of time while the machine takes measurements.
What happens after the examination?
After your examination your images will be stored in our Infinitt PACS system. The radiologists from Medford Radiological Group will review and interpret your study, and send the report to your physicians’ office. Your findings will be reported to your physician the same day of your examination. Should there be any findings requiring immediate treatment, our radiologists will call your physician in person to make them aware of your condition.
We do not provide test results to you until after the report has been sent your physicians’ office.