Bone Densitometry

The exam is offered in Women's Atrium Diagnostic Center at Houston Northwest Medical Center and Cypress Fairbanks Hospital.

A tiny amount of radiation is used to measure the bone density in the lumbar spine and hip. Measurement of these two areas can most accurately determine the presence and value of treatment for osteoporosis.

Preparation

No preparation is required, however, bringing any films of the patient's abdomen or lumbar spine can further improve the accuracy of the exam if a history of degenerative spurs or prior spinal fracture is present.


Last updated June 15, 2011