Our bones may experience some loss as we age, which over time can lead to a condition called osteoporosis. Your doctor may prescribe a bone density scan. A bone density scan is a painless procedure that determines whether such bone loss is occurring in your body. 

Bone Density Procedures

Bone densitometry is a radiological procedure, which measures the density of bones. Bone density exams can be used to determine the strength or weakness of a bone. They are crucial to assessing the bone’s probability of fracturing. 

Before Your Procedure

Bone density exams are painless and completely non-invasive.  

In order to prepare for exam patients should:

  • Inform the technologist if you are or think you might be pregnant.

  • Feel free to eat a normal diet on the day of the exam.

  • Take your medications as normally prescribed by your physician.

  • On the day of the test, wear clothes that are free of metal buttons and metal zippers (plastic buttons are safe).

Bone Density exams are generally 10 to 15 minutes in length, during which a computerized imaging device passes over you as you lie on the table and generates x-ray images of your bones. 

After Your Procedure

There are no precautions to take after an exam. Resume normal activities. Your physician will receive a copy of the report from our Radiology Department within 3 to 5 business days.

HUMC: A Diagnostic Imaging Center of Excellence

The American College of Radiology (ACR) has recognized Hackensack University Medical Center as the first-ever Diagnostic Imaging Centers of Excellence Award recipient. This elite distinction recognizes HUMC’s excellence in diagnostic imaging. The award was presented to Harry Agress Jr., M.D., FACR, Chairman Emeritus, Department of Radiology and director of the PET/CT Center and Division of Nuclear Medicine, during ACR’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, May 7, 2013. As one of only two centers nationwide to receive this designation, Hackensack UMC stands as one of the best radiology hospitals in New Jersey and the greater northeastern region.

Survey and Contact Information

You may receive a survey by mail. We are asking for feedback on how we can improve our services and care. Please take a few minutes to reply. We would appreciate your input in order to provide the highest quality of care.  

If you have any questions, please call our Radiology Department at 551-996-2245.


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