Preparing For A Densitometry Scan

Osteoporosis is a disease that causes bones to become fragile, making them more likely to break. If left untreated, osteoporosis progresses silently until a fracture occurs. The good news is that individuals can take steps to prevent, diagnose, and treat this debilitating disease.

HOW TO PREPARE FOR A DENSITOMETRY (DXA) SCAN

When you are scheduled for an appointment for a DXA scan you will be asked to fill out an osteoporosis questionnaire. Please take the time to answer all questions as completely and accurately as you can. This information is vital to provide the best result. A complete medication list, including vitamins and herbal preparations is essential. You may list these on the form or bring them in with you on the day of your appointment. If you take a calcium supplement please discontinue it 48 hours prior to the study. Plan to arrive wearing comfortable clothing. Wear pants with an elastic waistband or you will need to change into shorts at the time of your exam. For women, no under wire bras are allowed during the exam. You will be provided with a changing area and a storage locker to store your personal belongings.

We will review the questionnaire with you and then perform the DXA scan. The test is quick, painless and non-invasive, taking approximately 15 minutes. Your provider will discuss the results of the test as well as any further evaluation and/or treatment needed.

 

To our Patients, Families and Communities,

Your health, welfare & safety are paramount when you come for an appointment at any of our facilities. We are closely monitoring the guidance of the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention regarding the spread of the virus. Our focus is to ensure we meet our patient’s needs while doing our part to keep you, our associates, and our communities safe. Effective immediately, the Acute Injury Clinic (AIC), will remain open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. The AIC will NOT open on Saturdays.

At this time, the impact to our communities has been minimal and our staff is focused on providing the orthopaedic care our patients expect and deserve. If you have an appointment with us, we respectfully ask that you let us know if you have a fever, cough, and/or shortness of breath in advance of your appointment. Also, if you have recently traveled to or been in close contact with anyone who has traveled outside of New Hampshire, especially to New York State, we ask that you avoid visiting our practice for a period of 14 healthy days.

Thank you for your continued trust in COPA. We appreciate your cooperation as we work to support the health of our patients & employees.

Sincerely,

Ron Chorzewski

CEO