Bone Density

Bone density testing is a non-invasive, painless way to measure bone health by determining how much calcium and other types of minerals are in your bone. This information helps doctors determine your risk for osteoporosis (thinning bones) and then predict your risk of bone fractures.

The test is similar to an x-ray with a much lower dose of radiation.

 

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recommends bone density screenings for individuals who have an increased risk of developing osteoporosis. Women over 65 and men over 70 are more likely to develop osteoporosis. Other risk factors include having a history of broken hones caused by normal activities, taking certain hormone treatments and smoking.

 

DMC radiation therapist, Dennis Cassidy, R.T. (T), provides our bone density screenings.

 

Scheduling your appointment

Open Monday through Friday

Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Telephone: (510) 970-5524    Fax: (510) 970-5782

 

Note: Patients must receive a referral from their primary care physician before they can have a bone density screening. For women, we canconveniently schedule your bone density screening on the same day that you have made your mammography appointment.

 

When you arrive please let the receptionist know that you are here for your bone density screening. Our friendly staff will check you in.

 

Preparing for your appointment

No special preparation is needed for a bone density exam. Patients must remain still during the test, so wearing loose, comfortable clothing is recommended. If you are, or could be, pregnant, be sure to tell the staff person administering your exam before the test begins.

 

What to expect during your appointment

The bone density exam is performed while you lie on a padded table. A scanner with a hanging arm is mounted above the bed. During the test, the scanner passes over your body to take the measurements of your bones. The test takes 10 to 20 minutes.

 

Additional Services available at Doctors Medical Center

Mammography

Imaging

Wellness Center

 

Outside Services

National Institutes of Health: Information on bone density exams for patients and their loved ones

National Osteoporosis Foundation: Learn about Osteoporosis

National Osteoporosis Foundation: Information about having a bone density test