How does a bone density scan work?

The scan measures your bone density and compares that number with predetermined measurements that have been obtained using a reference population whose age, sex, and racial background are similar to yours. Testing for bone density is a simple, painless, noninvasive procedure. You will be asked to lie on your back on a padded table. You will not be enclosed in any way during the exam. It is important that you relax and lie as still as possible during the exam. As you are relaxing comfortably, a movable arm passes above your hip and spine – you will not feel anything during the exam. The entire procedure will take approximately 20 minutes and your doctor will receive a copy of your results to discuss with you.  Click here to download information about understanding the results of your bone density exam.

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