Bone Density (DEXA scan)

What is a bone density scan?

A bone density test is an x-ray exam that determines how dense (strong) your bones are and whether you may be at risk for developing osteoporosis.

How should I prepare for my bone density scan?

To prepare for your test, please do the following:

  • Wear loose, comfortable clothes. Sweat suits or shorts are preferred. Do not wear clothing that has zippers, buttons or metal grippers.
  • If you have had recent x-rays with barium or dye, you will need to wait at least 7 days before completing the bone density exam.
  • Please allow 30 minutes for the test when scheduling.

What should I expect during my bone density scan?

During the test, you will lie comfortably on a padded exam table. The scanned areas typically include the hip and spine. You will remain fully clothed as long as your clothing does not contain metal zippers, studs, buttons, etc. 

Contact Us

To schedule an imaging procedure, please call Central Scheduling:

563-421-3200

For more information about our imaging services, please contact:

563-421-9729

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