Bone densitometry uses a very low dose x-ray machine in the evaluation of osteoporosis and bone loss. The study is most commonly performed on the spine and hips. The forearm can also be evaluated when necessary. Bone densitometry is used as a screening tool to identify individuals at increased fracture risk and also to evaluate the efficacy of therapy. Osteoporosis Canada recommends Bone Mineral Densitometry testing and X-rays of the spine as part of their world class Fracture Liaison Service model. There are numerous factors that can contribute to Osteoporosis. Please speak to your doctor about your risk and ask if a bone densitometry exam is right for you.
The radiation dose with bone densitometry is minimal and compares with normal background radiation.
Lastly, please remember to bring your Alberta Health Care card, Photo ID, and most importantly, the requisition from your family doctor or practitioner to your appointment. Requisitions are crucial as they help us take the best possible images for diagnosis. Therefore, any exam may be deferred if you are missing a requisition from your doctor.
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