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Bone Density Scan

 

Complementing our impressive range of orthopedic services is a test designed to help you avoid orthopedic problems in the first place: bone density scans.

A bone density scan is a painless imaging test that can help determine the strength of your bones and whether you are at risk for osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a condition in which the bones become less dense and more fragile, leading to bone fractures and broken bones.

The good news is that there are simple, effective ways of stopping and even reversing osteoporosis. Diagnosing it at its earliest stages, a condition called osteopenia, is best -- and that's where a bone density scan can be invaluable.

How a Bone Density Scan Works

You simply lie on a table, fully clothed, as a scanner passes over your body. Very low-dose x-rays measure the level of calcium and other bone minerals in certain areas of your bones, usually your spine and hip. The results can help your doctor calculate your risk of breaking a bone.