Bone Density Scan

Bone density scanning (bone densitometry) is an imaging test that uses X-rays and computer technology to measure bone density. During the exam, we measure the density of the lower spine and one hip.

Bone mineral density testing is used to diagnose osteoporosis and to monitor its evolution. Physicians use test results to assess a patient’s risk of bone fractures and to prescribe preventive measures.

Bone density scans are provided by the Diagnostic Imaging Department.

How to access our services?

You must have a referral from your doctor or another health-care professional to get an appointment for this test.

About The Program

Before your appointment

  1. Your family doctor will fax us a requisition – please make sure that your contact information is accurate so we may call you.
  2. We will call you within 2 to 4 weeks to schedule an appointment, which will take place a few weeks later. Therefore, it could take up to 8 weeks between your doctor’s referral and your appointment for the bone density scan at HGH Diagnostic Imaging.
  3. You will receive a reminder a few days before your appointment.

What to bring

  • Health Card
  • List of all your medications, including prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, supplements and herbal medicines

When you arrive

  • Please register at the self-registration kiosk 30 minutes before your scheduled appointment.
  • After registration, please report directly to the Diagnostic Imaging receptionist who will give you indications to the room where your test will be done.

Preparation and procedure

  • Do not take calcium tablets in the 24 hours preceding the exam.
  • To avoid changing clothes, wear clothing without zippers or metal accessories. Otherwise, we’ll ask you to wear a hospital gown.
  • During the exam, you lie on your back on a table. An x-ray scanner moves over the area to be examined, without touching you.
  • The examination is painless.
  • The whole visit may take up to 20 minutes.

Test results

  • Radiology technologists are not able to give you the results of your exam. Results will be sent to your physician within 10 working days.
  • You must book an appointment with your family doctor or healthcare professional who sent us the referral to discuss your test results.