You have printed or saved this information from www.HorizonNB.ca, the website for the Horizon Health Network

Facebook Icon LinkedIn Icon Twitter Icon Icon Icon
Print this page

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.

Facebook Icon LinkedIn Icon Twitter Icon Icon Icon
Text Size: