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Bone Density Test

What is a bone density test?

A bone density test (or bone densitometry) is a form of X-ray technology that is used to measure bone health.

  • Horizon's team of medical radiation technologists (MRTs) and radiologists perform bone density tests and analyze results.
  • Although you are being exposed to ionizing radiation, your physician has weighed the benefits of the information obtained from your procedure, against the risk of ill-effects from the radiation you receive and knows that the benefits far outweigh the risks. 
  • Your technologist has been well trained and is bound by standards of practice to keep your radiation dose as low as reasonably achievable. Technology has also allowed us to provide optimum results while minimizing your exposure.

How do I access this service? 

  • Please talk with your primary health care provider. You may then be referred to us for a bone density test.

How do I prepare 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 of your clothes and to wear a hospital gown during the exam.
  • You should always inform your doctor or the MRT 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.

When can I expect to receive test results?

Our staff works to provide test results in a timely manner. You can expect to receive test results from your health care provider.

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