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Overview

Bone Densitometry Three Sites test measures the bone density at three sites, the hip, spine, and the forearm.

What is Bone Densitometry Three Sites Test?

Bone Densitometry Three Sites is a diagnostic test to measure the level of calcium and other essential minerals present in the bones. The Bone Densitometry Three Sites test measures the thickness of the bones using X-rays. The Bone Densitometry Three Sites Test measures the bone density at the hip, spine, and forearm to screen for osteoporosis.

How Bone Densitometry Three Sites test is Performed?

Bone Densitometry Three Sites is a painless and quick procedure. The process of the test involves

The patient to lie down on a padded platform in the test room.

A machine arm sends low dose X-rays through the body.

Based on the change in X-rays passing through the body, an image of the skeleton is produced.

Bone Densitometry Three Sites test lasts for about ten minutes.

Side-effects of Bone Densitometry Three Sites test

Bone Densitometry Three Sites Test is a safe procedure. Some rare side-effects include

Exposure to X-ray radiation during Bone Density Three Sites test can alter the DNA and cause cancer.

Pregnant women are more prone to the harmful effects of radiation.

Preparations before Performing Bone Densitometry Three Sites test

Bone Densitometry Three Sites test is a non-invasive procedure, which does not require much prior preparation.

Avoid taking calcium supplements for a day before the Bone Densitometry Three Sites test.

Wear comfortable clothes that do not have metal zippers, buttons, and belts.

Remove all jewellery and metal objects before the test.

Follow the instructions of the doctor.

Post-care of Bone Densitometry Three Sites test

Bone Densitometry Three Sites is a simple test that does not require any post- care.

Patients can go home and resume a normal routine after the Bone Densitometry Three Sites test.

Follow the instructions of the doctor about the medications to consume after the test.

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