Frequently Asked Questions
How long does it last?
Plan 30 minutes for your appointment; your actual scan will take about 10 to 15 minutes.
How much radiation will I be exposed to?
Very little radiation is needed to calculate the density of your bones; in most cases it is less than a chest X-ray.
How do I get results?
Your results will be sent to your physician within 24 to 48 hours.
Is a bone density scan the same as a bone scan?
No. A bone scan is a test in the Nuclear Medicine department in which radioactive material is injected into your veins. No needles are used in bone density tests.
Will this test show fractures?
No. Bone density is not a diagnostic test for bone abnormalities. If you have concerns about a specific bone due to injury, trauma or pain, an X-ray of that area would be necessary. Speak with your physician about any problems you may be experiencing.