Bone Density Scan
What is a Bone Density Scan?
The only way to detect osteoporosis or low bone density is through the use of a bone density scan. The Norland Whole Body DXA Bone Densitometer, used by St. Luke’s, measures the amount of bone tissue in a certain volume of bone (bone density), compares changes in bone density over a period of time and finds the risk of a possible bone fracture.
St. Luke’s specially trained staff will position you as comfortably as possible to have the spine, hip or forearm examined. With this exam, a narrow x-ray beam is produced, which cannot be seen or felt. This x-ray beam discerns bone from soft tissue.
Who should have a Bone Density Scan?
According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, your doctor may recommend a BMD test if you are:
- A postmenopausal woman under age 65 with one or more risk factors for osteoporosis
- A man age 50-70 with one or more risk factors for osteoporosis
- A woman age 65 or older, even without any risk factors
- A man age 70 or older, even without any risk factors
- A woman or man after age 50 who has broken a bone
- A woman going through menopause with certain risk factors
- A postmenopausal woman who has stopped taking estrogen therapy (ET) or hormone therapy (HT)
Make an Appointment
Your bone density scan can be scheduled in the comfortable setting of the St. Luke’s Imaging and Breast Screen Center on St. Luke’s hospital campus. Physician Referrals are required for scheduling. To have your physician schedule an appointment call (712) 279-7979.