Bone Densitometry

Bone Densitometry

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A bone density test is used to measure bone mineral content and density. Bone densitometry works similar to X-ray—allowing a physician to quickly and accurately measure the density of your bones and diagnose if you have osteopenia or osteoporosis.

Our highly advanced system is so accurate, it helps us find even the smallest abnormalities in bone. What more, this state-of-the-art equipment allows us to perform a scan in only 15 minutes. All of our bone densitometry tests are performed by certified technologists, then reviewed by radiologists who specialize in this type of imaging.

Why might I need a bone density test?

A bone density test is mainly done to look for osteoporosis (thin, weak bones) and osteopenia (decreased bone mass) so that these problems can be treated as soon as possible. Early treatment helps to prevent bone fractures. The complications of broken bones related to osteoporosis are often severe, particularly in the elderly. The earlier osteoporosis can be diagnosed, the sooner treatment can be started to improve the condition and/or keep it from getting worse.

A bone density testing may be used to:

  • Confirm a diagnosis of osteoporosis if you have already had a bone fracture
  • Predict your chances of fracturing a bone in the future
  • Determine your rate of bone loss
  • See if treatment is working

There are many risk factors for osteoporosis and indications for densitometry testing. Some common risk factors for osteoporosis include:

  • Post-menopausal women not taking estrogen
  • Advancing age, women over 65 and men over 70
  • Smoking
  • Family history of hip fracture
  • Using steroids long-term or certain other medicines
  • Certain diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis, type 1 diabetes mellitus, liver disease, kidney disease, hyperthyroidism, or hyperparathyroidism
  • Excessive alcohol consumption
  • Low BMI (body mass index)

Hours and appointments

The Center for Breast Health
255 Lafayette Avenue, Suffern, NY 10901

Open Monday thru Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (evening and weekend hours available)

What do I bring?

You’ll need your insurance information, the prescription for the procedure from your doctor (a phone order from your doctor is acceptable, too), and a referral if your insurance requires it.

How do I prepare?

You should not have this procedure following certain tests. We will explain this information to you when you schedule your appointment with us. You may eat and take all medications as directed by your doctor.

Why can’t I take calcium supplements or multiple vitamins on the day of my scan prior to my test?

If the calcium supplement is not completely dissolved, it will be interpreted by the instrument as extra bone and may produce an inaccurate reading.

How often should I have a bone density test?

Bone density tests are typically done every two years, but your physician should determine the interval.

What if I’m pregnant?

You should not have a bone density test if you are pregnant or think you may be pregnant.