Bone Mineral Density Test in Ottawa

If you or your doctor are concerned about your risk for osteoporosis, you may be referred to Premier Imaging for a bone mineral test. Our expert radiologists can offer clear diagnoses.

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Bone Mineral Density, Ottawa

What is Bone Mineral Density?

As we age, osteoporosis can cause our bones to become thinner and may be prone to breakage. Naturally, this may result in us feeling more apprehensive about getting the exercise we need to stay healthy, enjoying life to its fullest, and relishing our senior years. 

A bone mineral density test (or bone density test) is a safe, painless, non-invasive imaging test in which X-Rays are used to measure how strong your bones are. The test involves only a very small amount of radiation and measures how many grams of calcium and other bone density minerals are packed into a part of the bone. 

You might also hear your doctor refer to it as a bone densitometry or dual-energy X-Ray absorptiometry (DXA).

The Bone Mineral Density Test Procedure

Our radiologists at Premier Imaging often use this test to check for bone loss and diagnose osteoporosis in older patients. All women and men aged 65 and older should receive one, as should younger people under 50 if they have any condition related to low bone mass or bone loss. 

You will lie on a table while a small X-Ray detector scans your spine, hip, or both. Occasionally, the forearm is tested. The technologist may also ask you to straighten your back or lift your legs onto a support during the test. 

In addition, we can analyze your risk for bone fractures and measure the amount of minerals such as calcium in a bone.

  • With bone mineral density tests, our goal is to protect older patients from the impact undetected osteoporosis and bone loss can have on their bones - and overall health. I and the other expert radiologists on our team are here to ensure accurate diagnoses.
    - Dr. Geoff Doherty

Patient Preparation

Here is what you can expect during each phase of the test, in addition to details on what to bring with you to your appointment.

Bone Mineral Density Test FAQs

Read the answers to our most frequently asked questions about bone mineral density tests at Premier Imaging.

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