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Bone Density Screening

Bone Density Scanning measures bone mineral density through a simple CT scan. It replaces previous technology called DEXA Scanning (Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry). Bone Density Scanning accomplishes the same as DEXA scanning, but takes only about five minutes to complete.

What is a bone density test?

A low-dose X-ray measures calcium and other minerals in your bones. It diagnoses or assesses your risk of osteoporosis—a condition that weakens bones and makes them more likely to break.

A bone density test uses dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) to measure bone mineral density in the lower spine and hips.

About the test

  • Simple CT (computed tomography) using low-dose X-rays
  • Painless; takes minutes to complete
  • Requires little to no preparation
  • Noninvasive (no contrast used)

Women should receive their first screening at age 65 and men at age 70. A bone density test may be recommended earlier if risk factors exist. This screening should only be done every two years.

Contact your primary care provider to determine your eligibility for a Bone Density Screening.

Most insurances cover screening tests at 100 percent. Contact your plan for details.