Bone Density Tests

Our technicians are Certified Bone Densitometry Technologist (CBDT) through the International Society for Clinical Densitometry.

A Bone Density test (DXA) is a simple and painless way to check the density of your bones. It takes about 5 minutes and you do not feel anything. You lie comfortably on a padded table with a fluffy pillow under your head while the machine scans your lumbar spine (lower back) and each hip. You can breathe normally throughout the short study period and chat with the technologist who is in the room with you.

Bone Strength Tests

Bone strength is extremely important because our bones support our soft tissues. If your bones become demineralized they can break easily with very little force. This often happens in the middle back (T-Spine) where the vertebral bodies compress under the strain of everyday living. Soon the bone becomes pie shaped instead of rectangular and a person develops a hump in their back. Another well known example is when an elderly person breaks their hip. The bone density has become so weak that a simple stumble can break the neck of the femur (hip). Hip fractures are a serious health risk and a surprisingly high number of people die soon afterwards from secondary causes like pneumonia. Even if a person survives, many times the hip bone fracture marks the end of their independence and mobility.

Women should have a baseline bone density study when they reach 65. Menopause is the period of a woman’s life is when her bones experience the most rapid loss of minerals.

Younger women and men need a bone density study if they have low body weight, a previous low impact fracture (fragility fracture) or are taking high risk medications, like steroids.

Men over the age of 70 should have a baseline bone density study.