Bone Density Scan
About Bone Density scans
A Bone Density scan is a non-invasive and pain-free test that measures the density of your bones in order to determine your likelihood of developing Osteoporosis or enduring an osteoporosis-related fracture.
Before the test
Bone Density scans require minimal preparation. You should avoid wearing jewelry or any other metallic objects on your body or wearing clothes with metal clips, snaps, buttons or zippers on the day of your test.
During the test
During a Bone Density scan you may be required to wear a paper gown for the procedure. An X-Ray machine will scan the areas that are common to bone degradation including the back and hips. There is minimal physical contact with the machine during the test.
After the test
Once the test is completed, you will be able to return to your normal activities.
Your requisition form
To avoid delays on the day of your test, ensure that you bring your health card and your requisition. Also, confirm that your doctor included the following on your requisition form:
- Patient full name, sex, date of birth
- Physician name and signature