A bone mineral density (BMD) test estimates the strength of your bones by measuring the density of certain minerals, like calcium. Bone density testing is a simple, non-invasive procedure that takes just a few minutes.
We all lose bone mass as we age, and our bones become lighter, less dense, and more porous. If your bone density is lower than normal, you can increase your bone strength and reduce your chances of fracture through supplementation, weight-bearing exercise, and medication.
Available Scans and Screenings for Bone Density
Danbury Hospital has several different ways to measure bone density, including:
Dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA):
This uses two different x-ray beams to estimate bone density in your spine and hip. Strong, dense bones allow less of the x-ray beam to pass through them. This test is fast and uses very low doses of radiation but is more expensive than an ultrasound.
After reviewing the procedure that you may need, it would be helpful to know how to prepare. We encourage you to read more about preparing for radiology procedure.
For More Information
We offer daytime, weekend, and evening appointments to accommodate your scheduling needs. To learn more about bone density screening, or to schedule an appointment, ask your doctor about Danbury Hospital.
If you need a doctor referral call us at 1-800-511-8287, or search our Find a Doctor online tool to find a doctor near you.