Bone Density Testing
We are pleased to offer bone density testing in our office. There are several ways to determine bone strength, however the gold standard is a test called dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DEXA). This is a painless x-ray procedure that examines the hip and the lower spine.
Bone density testing is recommended for post-menopausal women, women with a history of fractures, women with a history of smoking, and women with a history of taking certain medications.
There are other reasons for ordering bone density testing and this should be discussed with your health care practitioner. In preparation for this test, wear loose clothing and do not take calcium supplements for 24 hours before the test.