Osteoporosis is a degenerative bone disease affecting over 10-15 million Americans and will result in fractures in about 40 percent of women. Although often misperceived as only affecting women, it is also very common in men. Bone densitometry is an essential tool in osteoporosis management.


Bone densitometry is a safe, rapid, and painless exam that can help physicians diagnose and manage osteoporosis.  Bone densitometry measure the mineral content of bones, and can measure changes in bone density and the effects of therapy on bone density, as well as provide physicians and their patients with an accurate picture of the risk of future fracture.

During the exam, which requires no injections or invasive procedures, the patient remains fully clothed and lies down while the bone densitometer scans one or more areas of bone.  The entire test takes only fifteen minutes to complete.  Comfortable clothing without metal should be worn. The lumbar spine (lower spine) and hip are typically imaged. Let the technologist know if you have had previous hip or back surgery.

Who should consider bone densitometry?

Osteoporosis occurs in women as the result of decreased estrogen levels, therefore postmenopausal women and women over the age of 50 should consider a bone density scan.  Other risk factors for osteoporosis include women of Caucasian or Asian race; small frame, short stature and light weight; lower than normal levels of estrogen; early onset of menopause.

Osteoporosis Facts

Osteoporosis is a silent, progressive disease characterized by decreased bone density and increased bone fragility, with a consequent susceptibility to fracture. In the United States over 28 million people are at risk of developing osteoporosis. Up to 1.5 million fractures a year are attributable to osteoporosis.

Important Risk Factors for Osteoporosis include:

  • Female
  • Early Menopause
  • Caucasian
  • A Low Calcium Diet
  • Advanced Age
  • Lack of Exercise
  • Eating Disorders
  • Certain Medicines
  • History of Bone Fractures
  • Alcohol and Tobacco use
  • Small Thin Frame
  • Family History of Osteoporosis
  • Removal of Ovaries

Scheduling an Appointment

An order from your physician is required for this test.
To schedule an appointment please call Central Scheduling at 580.250.5800.