What is a Bone Density Screening?
Bone density screening is performed every two years and is a critical measure for evaluating bone health, particularly for those over the age of 50. It is a key component in identifying and managing osteoporosis – a condition that affects an estimated 53 million Americans, representing 55% of all adults over the age of 50. The screening allows medical professionals to assess not only the risk of fractures but also monitor any changes in bone density over time and tailor a treatment plan according to an individual’s needs.
HOW SHOULD I PREPARE?
- You should wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing for your CT exam.
- Metal objects can affect the image, so avoid clothing with zippers and snaps.
- You may will also be asked to remove hairpins, jewelry, eyeglasses, hearing aids, and any removable dental work, depending on the part of the body that is being scanned.
- You may be asked not to eat or drink anything for one or more hours before the exam.
- Women should always inform their doctor or x-ray technologist if there is any possibility that they are pregnant.