BONE MINERAL DENSITY TEST.
Discover the painless test that determines your bone health.
What It Is
Bone mineral density test (BMD), often called bone densitometry or DEXA (dual energy X-ray absorptiometry, is a non-invasive, painless way to determine your bone health. Using minimal radiation, BMD measures bone minerals like calcium and bone density to identify osteoporosis, determine your risk for fractures, and monitor your response to osteoporosis treatment. The exam usually measures bone density in the spine and hip areas where fractures happen most.
Who It’s For
Most women are encouraged to have their first BMD at the onset of menopause. If your bone density results are normal, it’s generally recommended to repeat the test every five years. If your bone density is abnormal, your doctor will advise you on how to proceed with testing.
What To Expect
The technologist may ask you to remove any clothing with zippers or other metal parts, such as your bra. Next, they will record your height and weight, and may ask you some additional questions. You will then lie still on your back, on a padded examination table as the equipment passes overhead. The entire scan takes less than 10 minutes and is completely pain-free.