Bone Density

What is a Bone Density Screening?

Bone density screening is performed every two years to evaluate for osteoporosis and to assess response to treatment.

Osteoporosis or low bone mass (osteopenia) occurs in approximately 53 million American men and women, accounting for 55 percent of the population age 50 years and over (

It is important to screen for osteoporosis to prevent fractures and assess for fracture risk.

It helps your provider determine why you may be short of breath.


  • 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.

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