Bone density tests are easy, painless and noninvasive. Your doctor will use these results to test for and monitor conditions such as osteoporosis.
There are several types of bone density testing, but the preferred method for accuracy is the dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) scan. This test will require little preparation on your part. Typically, there is no need to alter your normal routine. The only exception is if you take a calcium supplement, your doctor may ask that you stop taking it 24 hours before your testing. It is also important to inform your doctor if you have recently had oral contrast or nuclear medicine testing, as it may interfere with the scans. As with any imaging, please let you doctor know if you may be pregnant.
During the test, you will lie on a padded platform while an imagine machine passes over your body taking images of your bones. It is a simple procedure that emits about 1/10th the radiation of a chest x-ray.
The results of this test are usually in the form of a score known as a T-score or Z-score. Your doctor will review the results with you at a follow up appointment.
What if there was a way to positively affect your physical and mental health by simply introducing emotion and practicing it daily? Many people may not…Read More
Have you ever pulled up to a drive-thru window to pay for your coffee only to find out that the person in front of you already paid for your order? Has…Read More
Over the last ten years, we have discussed at length the expected changes in health care. Well, it has come to pass, and rapid mobilization has begun.…Read More
Get the latest updates and news from Access Health Care Physicians.