Bone Density Testing

A bone density test is a special X-ray that screens for osteoporosis and thinning of the bones.  It measures how much calcium and other bone minerals are present.

Bones density testing is recommended for women who are:

  • Over age 65
  • Between 50 and 65 who are thin or who are smokers
  • Taking steroids
  • Have had a bone fracture

Bone density testing can be done at a radiology facility, in a pharmacy or in a doctor’s office.  The X-ray is usually taken of your lower spine, hip, or forearm.  The test is non-invasive and does not hurt.  You will receive the results from your doctor in a few days.