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Bone Mineral Density Testing

How much radiation will I be exposed to?

You will be exposed to very little radiation. In fact, in most cases, less than a standard chest x-ray. As with any procedure, be sure to inform your physician of the possibility of pregnancy.

How long does the BMD test take?

Tests of the spine and hip take about five to seven minutes each including proper positioning.

What should I wear?

You should wear comfortable clothing, preferably without metal buttons, buckles, or zippers.

What do I do during the examination?

Lie still, breathe normally and rest comfortably.

Is the test the same as a bone scan?

No. A bone scan, which may help your physician identify certain bone abnormalities such as infection, inflammation, or cancer, requires an injection of radioactive material.

A BMD test requires no special preparation, medication, or injection.