Test Preparations: Bone Density (BMD)

About bone density scans

A bone density scan is a non-invasive and pain-free test that measures the density of your bones in order to determine your likelihood of developing osteoporosis or sustaining an osteoporosis-related fracture.

Before the test

Bone density scans require minimal preparation. You should avoid wearing jewelry or any other metallic objects on your body or wearing clothes with metal clips, snaps, buttons or zippers on the day of your test. Do not take calcium pills, multivitamins, or iron pills on the day of your exam.

During the test

During a bone density scan you may be required to wear a gown for the procedure. A low dose X-ray machine will scan the lower spine and hip areas, which are most commonly affected by osteoporosis. You will lie on your back on a scanning table.

After the test

Once the test is completed, you will be able to return to your normal activities.

Your requisition form

To avoid delays on the day of your test, ensure that you bring your health card and your requisition. Also, confirm that your doctor included the following on your requisition form:

  • Patient full name, sex, date of birth
  • Physician name and signature

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