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Some women are at greater risk for osteoporosis than others. Osteoporosis can be defined as the decrease of bone mass and density as a result of the depletion of bone calcium and protein. A physician can help determine risk of developing osteoporosis by taking a patient’s personal and family medical history and by performing a bone density test or bone mass measurement.
A bone density test, also known as bone mass measurement or bone mineral density test (BMD), measures the strength and density of bones as menopause approaches. When the test is repeated sometime later, as requested by a physician, it can help determine how quickly a patient is losing bone mass and density. These tests are painless, noninvasive and safe. They compare bone density with standards for what is expected in someone of the same age, gender and size and to the optimal peak bone density of a healthy young adult of the same gender. Bone density testing can help to:
You may want to consider having a bone density test if you have one or more of the following risk factors for osteoporosis:
At the time your appointment is scheduled, you will be instructed to go to the Breast Center in the Sweetwater Pavilion. As indicated on the map, dedicated parking is located just outside the Breast Center.
Arrival times may vary. If you are not sure of your time of arrival, please call 281-274-7170 to clarify for your specific test.
Dress comfortably for the procedure. Avoid wearing clothes with metal buttons or buckles if possible for the test. Jewelry may need to be removed before the test.
Also, discontinue vitamin supplement and/or calcium supplements 48 hours prior to the exam to ensure accuracy of testing.
You will lie on your back on a padded table. Usually you can wear your own clothes unless there are metal objects on the clothing that will interfere with the testing. You may need to lie with your legs straight or with lower legs resting on a cushioned platform. Testing at least two different bones, preferably the hip and spine, each time is the most reliable way of measuring bone mineral density. It is best to test the same bones and to use the same measurement technique and equipment each time. Your forearm may also be tested for osteoporosis. The technologist will need to be notified of any previous bone fractures in your body.
Usually there is no discomfort during a bone density test. If you have back pain, you may be uncomfortable lying on your back on the flat table. When testing the lower back, you will be given a cushioned platform to rest your legs on. When testing the hips, you will be asked to have your legs extended without any cushion or pillows under your legs to ensure accurate testing of your hip bones. You will be given a pillow for your head to rest on for the procedure.
The exam will usually last approximately 30 minutes.
A board certified radiologist will interpret your exam. Legally, the technologist cannot interpret or discuss what they are viewing while performing the exam. A report with the results will be sent to your physician within two to three business days. Please check with your physician’s office to discuss the results.