Be Prepared for Your Bone Density Scan

Bone Density Scan to Detect Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a weakening of the bones due to a loss of calcium and minerals. In women, this is often the result of hormonal changes as they age. People with weak bones are at greater risk for breaks and fractures. It’s estimated that about 2 million fractures per year are osteoporosis-related.

Early intervention and treatment is essential in effectively managing osteoporosis. Has your doctor ordered a bone density scan? This simple test can help your doctor assess your risk for osteoporosis-related breaks and fractures. By understanding your bone density, he can prescribe medications to help prevent, slow and stop the progression of osteoporosis. Bone loss and damage that has already been done is not reversible.

You’ve made the appointment for your bone density scan: what can you expect? To help you be prepared and ready for your scan, the team at Spine Surgery of Idaho has organized this helpful list of information.

A bone density scan…

  • Is not painful.
  • Takes about 15 – 30 minutes to complete.
  • Assesses bones in your hips, spine, forearms, fingers and heels.
  • Exposes you to very low levels of radiation, much less than when you get a chest x-ray.
  • When done in a hospital, you lay on a padded table and a machine with an arm moves over your body and scans your bones. With this machine they test your spine, hip and forearm.
  • When done in your doctor’s office or at your local pharmacy, a portable machine is used to measure the bone density in your finger, wrist and heel.
  • Results are read by a trained and certified physician and then sent to your doctor who will review them with you.

If you’re concerned about your risk for osteoporosis and you live in the Idaho Falls area, trust Dr. Marano and his team at Spine Surgery of Idaho.” He can help you understand your condition and, when appropriate, your treatment options. Call 208-522-6930 to schedule your appointment or use the convenient online request form.