BONE DENSITY SCANNING
Bone density scanning is a diagnostic test used used to study bone tissue , it helps determine the density of your bones by applying low doses of radiation.
Its accuracy is based on a simple performance with low radiation exposure, and easy to understand results.
This study is commonly used to detect the possibility of osteoporosis, which is a skeletal systematic condition where the bone ’s mass is diminished. Osteoporosis can also derive into the damaging of the microarchitecture of the bone tissue, leading to fragile bones and risks of fractures.
The bone density scanning also helps determine the content of body fat and other important parameters for the observance and control of patients under treatment with anabolic steroids, growth hormones and medication for weight control, among others.
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 their breath for a few seconds while the x-rays images are captured. It helps to prevent blurred images. 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 they normally do, but t he consumption of calcium supplements are forbidden at least 24 hours before the test. Likewise, during the 15 days previous to 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, all patients must bring a medical order signed by their physician, the previous studies if th ere were any, and comfortable clothes with no metal pieces, such as sweat pants . Items such as bracelets, watches, earrings, jewels and piercings are forbidden.
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 quickly that generates low doses of radiation that are not harmful. Nevertheless, women must tell the doctors if they are pregnant or suspect it.
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 8:00 am to 1:00 pm.
At IDACA, we have have at our disposal a Discovey Hologyc bone density scan. A sophisticated equipment for the obtaining of amplified images, with no distortion and with multiple formats for the development of reports, images and graphics that allows for an easy understanding of the different anatomic areas.