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Bone densitometry

The bone density test uses very low doses of ionizing radiation to produce images of the inside of the body, generally in areas such as the lower part of the spine (lumbar), the hips and other specific bone points; to measure loss of bone density.

This study is often used to diagnose osteoporosis and to assess the risk of fractures due to loss of bone structure.

The requirements to be able to carry out this study are the following:

  • Talk to your doctor and the technician if there is any possibility that you are pregnant, since although the radiation doses are low, they could affect the fetus.

  • Please notify us if you have recently had a barium exam or had an injection of contrast material for a CT or radioisotope scan.

  • You will be asked to remove jewelry and metal objects that may interfere with the study.

  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing as you will be asked to change into a patient gown during the exam.

  • You should not take calcium supplements for at least 24 hours before the test.

  • This study does not require anesthesia and is non-invasive

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