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.


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.