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Bone Densitometry

What is a Bone Densitometry Exam?

Bone densitometry, also called dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA), is a low-dose, non-invasive x-ray that is used to measure bone mineral density (BMD) and is most often used to diagnose osteoporosis and detect possible bone loss.


A BMD test can track the effectiveness of treatment for osteoporosis and assesses an individual’s risk for developing fractures. The risk of fracture is affected by age, body weight, history of prior fracture, family history of osteoporotic fractures and lifestyle issues such as cigarette smoking and excessive alcohol consumption. The results of the scan are graphed and compared to a population at peak bone mass (young normal), as well a population that is matched to your age and gender.


What to expect during your exam

  • After checking in and completing a questionnaire, you will be shown to a change room and asked to remove some or all of your clothing
  • You may also be asked to remove jewelry, dentures, eye glasses and any metal objects or clothing that might interfere with the exam
  • Please inform the technologist if there is any possibility that you are pregnant
  • Depending on the purpose of the bone densitometry scan, and where the scan is taken (lower spine, hip or wrist), you may be required to lie still on an imaging table for up to 15 minutes while the x-ray scanner passes slowly over you several times
  • Once the exam is complete, you are free to leave and continue normally with your day
  • Your results will be sent directly from our radiologist to your referring physician
  • Bone densitometry scans are sometimes available on a walk-in basis, although it is preferable that you book an appointment
  • Please note that there is a 325 lb weight restriction on this machine

Exam Preparation

  • Please be sure to arrive at least 10 minutes before your appointment to provide enough time to change and prepare for your examination.
  • Please DO NOT take any VITAMINS, MINERALS, CALCIUM OR IRON for 2 days prior to and including the day of your exam.
  • You may take them AFTER your exam.
  • Please ensure to remove any jewelry, metal or glass prior to the exam.
  • If you have had a barium study, CT or nuclear scan recently, please let us know at the time of booking your appointment.
  • Please note: if there is a chance that you are pregnant, the exam may not be possible.

Wait Times

Same – Next Day




All of our services are fully covered by Alberta Health Care.

Accepting Any Requsition

We accept requisition forms from any other diagnostic imaging company.


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