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Bone Mineral Densitometry

Procedure

Bone Mineral Densitometry is used to estimate the bone mineral content in different parts of the patient’s body using x-rays.  The procedure itself is noninvasive and painless. The patient is asked to lie still and breathe normally. The bone mineral density is compared with a reference database. In conjunction with other risk factors, it is used to estimate fracture risk and to diagnose osteoporosis.

Appointment Information

  • For appointments booked two weeks in advance, the patient should receive a letter in the mail indicating: date, time, location of the appointment, preparation instructions, and a map.
  • For appointments booked within two weeks, the patient will be contacted directly by the ordering physician's office, or a medical imaging booking clerk, with the necessary information. 
  • The patient is responsible for providing his/her physician with the most current address, home and cell phone numbers in order to receive prompt service.

Exam Time

10-15 minutes

*Please note that exam time may vary depending on the procedure.

The procedure is available in the following MI locations: