Bone Mineral Density

Bone Mineral Density (BMD) screening measures BMD in the spine, both hips and a forearm using a form of x-ray. Results are compared to normal bone in a patient of the same age and gender to determine bone loss. BMD testing can indicate risk of getting a fracture. Initially performed to diagnose osteoporosis for women, BMD screening is now also used in men and children who may be experiencing bone loss as the result of disease, eating disorders or certain medications.

Bone Mineral Density Procedure Preparation

  1. No calcium or Pepto Bismol for 24 hr before test.
  2. If you wear an outfit without snaps, buttons or zippers, you will not have to change in to a gown.
  3. BMD cannot be done on the same day as CT with contrast or Nuclear Medicine scan.