A bone mineral density (BMD) test is used to diagnose bone loss and determine a patient’s risk for fractures. This test is also known as bone mass measurement or bone densitometry. BMD tests measure the amount of calcium in different regions of the bone, usually targeting the hip, spine or wrist, which are the most common areas of bone loss related fractures. During the test, the patient lies on a padded table while the system scans one or more areas of the body. The entire exam typically takes less than 30 minutes to complete and the patient remains fully clothed.
Our new GE Healthcare Lunar densitometer provides highly precise and accurate axial measurement of bone density and identified bone loss at the major fracture sites (femur and spine) in just minutes.
· Our staff will contact you prior to your scheduled appointment date to confirm your upcoming visit. To make your visit as quick as possible, we will make every effort to pre-register you for your visit.
On the day of your visit:
· Please bring a photo ID, your insurance information and the prescription from your physician to your appointment.
· Wear comfortable clothing.
· You may eat, drink and take medications as usual unless you are advised differently but please refrain from taking any prescription or over-the-counter calcium supplements for 72 hours prior to exam.
· Our radiologists will interpret your images and send a report directly to your doctor. Your doctor will communicate the results of your exam to you.