BONE DENSITY SCANNING

The bone density scanning is a diagnostic test used for the study of the bone tissue. This examination determines the density of your bones by applying low doses of radiation

Its exactness, preciseness and viability are based on a simple performance with a low exposure to the radiation and easy understanding of the results.

The main indication is the suspect of osteoporosis which is a skeletal systematic condition where the bone mass becomes less as well as a damage of the micro architecture of the bone tissue which leads to fragile bones and risks of fractures.

This bone density scanning also helps to determine the content of body fat and other important parameters for the observance and control of the patients under treatment with anabolic steroids, growth hormones and medication for weight control, among others.

Patient Information

WHAT WILL THE PATIENT FEEL DURING THE BONE DENSITY SCANNING?

To perform a bone density scan, the patient lies down on a padding table and must stay still. The patient might be asked to hold the breathing for a few seconds while the x-rays images are captured. It helps to prevent a blurred image. The technician will go to a contiguous room or behind a wall to activate the x-rays machine.

This examination takes between 10- 30 minutes. The duration depends on the equipment and the parts of the body to be studied.

DOES THE PATIENT NEED ANY PREPARATION?

On the day of the examination, the patient can eat as he/she normally does but the consumption of calcium supplements are forbidden at least 24 hours before the test. Likewise, during the 15 days before the examination, the patient cannot have any tests performed in which the consumption of barium or any IV contrast is required.

On the day of the test, it is important that all the patients bring the medical order, the previous studies (if they have) and comfortable clothes with no metal pieces such as sport pants. It is forbidden to bring any kind of item of clothing such as bracelets, watches, earrings, jewels and piercings.

All these suggestions will make the examination easier and reduce the wait time.

IS THERE ANY RISK?

The bone density scanning is a safe method performed in a short time which generates low doses of radiation that are not harmful. Nevertheless, women must tell the doctors if they are pregnant or suspect about it.

OTHER INDICATIONS

It is mandatory to bring the medical order on the day of the examination.

The bone density scanning is performed by order of arrival from Mondays to Fridays. From 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm and on Saturdays from Saturdays from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm

For Physicians

At IDACA we have the Hology bone density scan, model Discovery. A sophisticated equipment for the obtaining of no amplified images, with no distortion and with multiple formats for the presentation of reports, images and graphics which allows the easy understanding of the different anatomic areas.