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What is a Bone Density Test?

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So, what is a Bone Density Test? What is the Bone Density Test Procedure?

Southeastern Primary Care Specialists utilizes our on-site DEXA technology to offer you the most effective, safest, simplest, and most painless of all Bone Density Testing methods. DEXA, or Dual Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry testing, can be done in roughly thirty minutes or less, making it one of the more time-savvy methods of performing a bone density scan. The DEXA machine, using ultra-low dose rays, typically performs scans on the lumbar spine and the hips. But it can be utilized by our specialists to scan any section of the body that your doctor desires to perform a bone density test on. Bone Density Testing cannot be performed if you are pregnant, or think you might be pregnant, and shouldn’t be recommended by your primary care physician. There are also weight specifications for DEXA testing. Your doctor will request this testing according to the aforementioned circumstances. Even if you think you might not qualify for DEXA testing, consult with your primary care physician.

If you have already scheduled a test, remember these guidelines:

  • Wear loose-fitting pants (sweatpants or elastic-waisted pants), and a T-shirt. Shoes will be removed.
  • No jewelry, hearing aids, belt buckles, zippers, snaps, or buttons.
  • Females should wear a sports bra. Undergarments with under wires will need to be removed.
  • You can eat to your normal schedule, before or after the exam.
  • Results are typically processed within 10 days.