Bone Density Testing

What is a Bone Density scan?

Bone density testing is considered the most accurate method available for the screening and diagnosis of Osteoporosis. The bone density test most commonly recommended by doctors is the DEXA (Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry) test. It is similar to other X-ray tests, but measures the density of your bones to determine fracture risk. The DEXA scan is a simple, fast, and non-invasive procedure; and as an important tool in the early detection of osteoporosis, many cases are recognized and treated before the symptoms occur.

Should I be tested for osteoporosis?

The National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) recommends having a bone density test if you are:

  • Over 65 years old
  • Postmenopausal with at least one additional risk factor or have had a fracture
  • Considering osteoporosis therapy
  • On prolonged hormone replacement therapy

What can I expect?

You will be asked to lie down on a cushioned table while a scanner arm passes over your body.

How long does Bone Densitometry take?

Most exams take between 10 to 20 minutes this test is easy, quick, and painless.

How are my test results interpreted?

When interpreting your densitometry results, physicians categorize patients as normal, osteopenic or osteoporotic, using classifications established by the World Health Organization (WHO). They determine these classifications from your test results or “T-score.” Your score, which is based on a comparison to a “young, normal adult” reference, is the critical variable in diagnosis.

Normal: T-score is above -1
Low bone mass: T-score between -1 and -2.5
Osteoporosis: T-score at or below -2.5
Your T-score is:    

Should I get treatment?

The NOF recommends considering treatment if:

T-score < -1.5 with risk factors
T-score < -2 with no risk factors
Postmenopausal with a fracture

5 Steps to Bone Health

  1. Get your daily recommended amounts of calcium and vitamin D
  2. Engage in regular weight-bearing exercise
  3. Avoid smoking and excessive alcohol
  4. Talk to your doctor about bone health and take medication when appropriate 
  5. Have a bone density test to determine your level of risk

Why Carolina Forest Imaging Center?

At Carolina Forest Imaging Center we are passionate about the health of every patient. We offer the following to make your imaging experience convenient and comfortable:

  • Easy scheduling, usually same day/next day appointments
  • Comfortable surroundings
  • Highly trained, caring staff

To schedule your appointment, please call: 1-888-858-9936.