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Bone Density Test

What is a bone density test?

Bone density is a form of X-ray technology that is used to measure bone health.

Preparing for a Bone Density Test

  • This test cannot be booked for up to 1 month after any other test requiring contrast media (e.g., barium enema).
  • On the day of the exam, you may eat normally.
  • You should not take calcium supplements for at least 24 hours before your exam.
  • You may be asked to remove some or all of your clothes and to wear a hospital gown during the exam.
  • You should always inform your doctor or medical radiation technologist if you are or might be pregnant.
  • You may be required to fill out a questionnaire when you arrive for your test.
  • Please bring a list of all medications you are taking. 

How long will a bone density test take?

The test takes about 20 minutes to complete.

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