Bone densitometry is an imaging examination that measures bone mineral density, which is an indicator of bone strength. The imaging technique used to measure bone density at Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital Imaging Center is a procedure called dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry. This test is one of the most common and effective.
During a bone density scan, density measurements are taken of bones at specific areas in the body. These measurements are then compared to a database of “normal” individuals of the same age, sex and race as the patient. The results show whether the patient has lost bone density. The measurements also can be used to determine the presence of osteoporosis, a gradual loss of calcium, as well as structural changes, causing the bones to become thinner, more fragile and more likely to break.
Additional Imaging Information
For more information or to schedule an appointment with a radiologist, call Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital at 314.996.8080.
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