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Updated: Apr 10

What is a bone density scan and why are many women and some men getting this test done?

A bone-density test is a way to measure the strength of your bones. Many people get a bone-density test every couple of years. The main reason to have the test is to find and treat serious bone loss, called osteoporosis, and prevent fractures and disability.

A bone density test can help you

• learn if you have weak bones or osteoporosis before you break a bone

• predict your chance of breaking a bone in the future

• see if your bone density is improving, getting worse or staying the same

• find out how well an osteoporosis medicine is working

• let you know if you have osteoporosis after you break a bone


The most common bone density test in use today is called dual energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA). This test involves lying on a table for a couple of minutes while a small x-ray detector scans your spine, one hip, or both. You may be asked to lift your legs onto a support to straighten your back for the test. The test is safe, painless and does not require any injections or any other discomfort. You receive a very small amount of radiation from a DXA test which is so low that the radiographer remains in the room with you until the scan is finished.

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