bone density testing
Bone density testing is an important aspect of preventing osteoporosis. At the Center for Bone Health at Virginia Women's Center, we use a technology called Dual-energy Absorptiometry—or DXA. This bone densitometer measures bone mineral content and density of specific bone sites (mainly hip and spine) that are most susceptible to fracture because of osteoporosis and other degenerative bone diseases. The prevalence of these diseases, especially in post-menopausal women, makes bone densitometry a vital part of a complete health program for women. Men with high risk factors for osteoporosis will also benefit from this testing.
As part of your overall health care, Virginia Women's Center is pleased to offer a team of providers dedicated to your care. Bone density scans are performed at our John Rolfe Commons and Mechanicsville office locations.
preparing for your DXA scan
- Complete the densitometry questionnaire that was given to you and bring it with you to your appointment. If you did not receive this questionnaire in our office, you can download it here.
- Bring with you a list of all medications and vitamin supplements you are taking and their dosages.
- Dress in comfortable clothing. You will need to remove any metal items such as clothing with metal buttons, hooks or zippers. Jewelry is fine.
- Do not take any calcium pills on the morning of your test.
- You must wait seven days following any nuclear studies, IVP, upper GI or Barium enemas or swallows, or CT scans (if you drank oral contrast) before a bone density can be performed.
- Inform us immediately if you suspect you may be pregnant.
If you have a question about your upcoming DXA scan, call Sharon Street at Virginia Women's Center, 804.662.6127.