Bone Densitometry Scan

Osteoporosis, meaning porous bones, is a serious condition causing bones to weaken and become brittle, increasing the risk of fractures. According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, 10 million Americans are estimated to already have the disease and almost 34 million more are estimated to have low bone mass, placing them at increased risk for osteoporosis.

Early detection is important in the fight against osteoporosis. The first step begins with a simple screen!

Woodlawn Hospital's Diagnostic Imaging Department's dual-energy low dosage x-ray Lunar Bone Densitometer, DXA, measures the density of the spine, hip, and other bones which are the most frequent sites of fracture. This highly precise densitometer helps identify bone risk at a much earlier stage and can be used to accurately follow bone changes over time.

Bone scans are painless and generally last 10 minutes. The technologist will position your arms and legs on a large padded table. During the scan, you will be asked to lie on your back and breathe normally while the bone densitometer briefly passes overhead. Then, results are analyzed to determine your risk for fracture and osteoporosis.

Further deterioration of bone can be prevented. It's never too late to take preventative steps with your physician to ensure strong and healthy bones throughout life.

Bone scans are scheduled Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. A physician referral is required.