Women & Children's Services

Bone Densitometry

Bone Densitometry is a computerized low-dosage gamma ray scanner that can determine the percentage of bone loss and be used to evaluate the effectiveness of therapy for osteoporosis.

Using a bone densitometer, physicians can measure patient bone density and follow it over time. If the patient's bone density is low, or decreases at an abnormally fast rate, the patient may be at risk for osteoporosis. Through changes in diet, exercise habits and/or medication, further deterioration of bone can be prevented.

A bone densitometer measures the density of the spine, hip and other bones which are the most frequent sites of fracture. In addition to broken bones, curvature of the spine, height loss and loss of mobility are clear consequences of osteoporosis.

Talk to your physician about when you should begin having bone density tests.