A bone density measurement is an x-ray scan of the back and a hip. This makes it possible to measure the amount of calcium in the bones, and to see if there is any bone loss. A bone density measurement is carried out after referral by a physician.
If you are pregnant or think you are, please contact the doctor who requested the investigation beforehand. During pregnancy we prefer not to do radiographs.
The bone density measurement is carried out by one of our technicians. He or she first measures the bone density of your spine. The laboratory technician asks you to lie down on your back with a large pillow under your knees. The scanning device is then put at a distance of about 20 centimeters above your abdomen. Afterwards, the technician will measure the bone density of one of both hips. First he or she asks whether you want to lie down on your back. The laboratory technician will then turn your leg a bit to the inside, after which the scan takes place. A bone density measurement takes about 15 minutes and is not painful.
Duration of the examination
The results of the research will be sent within 24 hours to the physician who requested the investigation. Your doctor will give you more information.