bone density testing

Bone Density testing allows physicians at LIMPA to estimate the density of your skeletal system, ultimately reducing your chance of fracture. Testing helps us determine whether a patient has normal bone density, low bone density or osteoporosis. There are two methods of testing; both are non-invasive and painless.

non-invasive & painless

Test of the hip and spine typically use a central DEXA machine to diagnose low bone density. Hip and spine test are the industry standard since these bones are most likely to be fractured in individuals with osteoporosis or low bone density.

Damage to the hip and spine holds the potential to be debilitating and incredibly painful for patients. The density of the hip and spine also reveals the likelihood of future fractures in other bones throughout the body.

The screening test, also known as a Peripheral Test, measures bone density in the lower arm or heel. This test helps identify patients who need further bone density testing.


At LIMPA, we report bone density test using T-scores. Results reveal whether your bone density is higher or lower than a healthy individual of the same age. A T-score of -2.5 or lower is considered osteoporosis. Our physicians closely analyze results, consulting with each patient after testing to develop an appropriate treatment plan.


Bone density tips

Bone density testing requires virtually no preparation. On the day of the exam patients may eat normally, but are asked to avoid any calcium supplements for at least 24 hours before the exam. Patients should wear loose, comfortable clothing and avoid any articles featuring zippers, belts or buttons made of metal. The technician may ask the patient to remove some, or all of their clothing and wear a gown throughout the exam. Patient’s may also have to remove jewelry, dental devices, eye glasses or any other metal object that may interfere with imaging. If there is any possibility the patient is pregnant, they should immediately inform their technician. Imaging tests are not performed during pregnancy to prevent radiation related illnesses from occurring following birth.


A bone density test reveals whether your bones have loss mass or density. Any moderate bone loss is considered osteopenia, while severe bone loss is known as osteoporosis. Both conditions place you at an increased risk of bone fracture. Testing accurately predicts if you’re at risk for fracture and can be used to follow the progression of osteoporosis.

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