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Bone Densitometry Whole Body

Overview

Bone Densitometry Whole Body is a diagnostic test that measures bone loss in the body.

What is Bone Densitometry Whole Body test?

Bone Densitometry Whole Body is also called bone density scanning, DXA or bone mineral density test. Bone Densitometry Whole Body uses X-rays to measure the amount of calcium and other important minerals in the bones. It is the most accurate test to screen for osteoporosis.

How is Bone Densitometry Whole Body Performed?

Bone Densitometry Whole Body is a non-invasive procedure. The process involves

Patient has to lie down on a padded table in the DXA examination room.

Braces and other equipment are used to hold the patient in the correct position.

An imaging device that emits X-rays to produce images of the whole body.

The patient has to lie still and may be asked to hold their breath for some time during the imaging process.

Bone Densitometry Whole Body is a quick procedure, which takes around 30 minutes.

Side-effects of Bone Densitometry Whole Body

Bone Densitometry Whole Body is a risk-free procedure. Some rare side-effects include

Exposure to radiation during the Bone Densitometry Whole Body test can cause cancer.

Harmful effects of X-rays on the unborn foetus, in pregnant women.

Preparation before Performing Bone Densitometry Whole Body test

Bone Densitometry Whole Body test requires little preparation.

Discuss medications and health conditions with the doctor.

Avoid taking calcium supplements a day before Bone Densitometry Whole Body test.

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

Remove jewellery and metal objects before entering the examination room.

Inform the doctor, if you are pregnant.

Inform the doctor, if you have gone through any CT scan with contrast recently.

Post-care after Bone Densitometry Whole Body

Bone Densitometry Whole Body is a painless procedure.

Patient can go home and resume normal routine after Bone Densitometry Whole Body procedure.

Follow the instructions of the doctor about taking any medicines after the test.

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