Bone Density Testing

come on in Nancy this is the bone

density room my name is Kathy I'm going

to be doing the procedure on you today

in this room we do bone densitometry

which is called DEXA and that just

stands for dual energy x-ray

absorptiometry which means what we're

going to do is we're going to put you on

this table and we're going to do the

simplest easiest task that there is now

this test is only going to take a couple

of minutes so I'm going to have you

bring your legs right up all the way up

it's a very low dose of radiation so you

don't have to worry about that

it's a preventive test we want to know

how strong your bones are so that you

don't fracture later on in life it is a

test for osteoporosis or what they call

osteopenia which is low bone density and

based on the scores from this particular

test your doctors would advise you

whether or not you need to be on

medication for low bone density

and I'm just going to make sure I have

your position correctly usually about

menopause women tend to need to have

this test done if they have risk factors

prior to menopause sometimes they have

the test done before menopause

okay Nancy we're finished with the first

part of the task sometimes when the

patients come in they're a little bit

unsure or a little uneasy about this

particular task and it's such an easy

test we only scan a couple of areas I'm

going to set you up for the next part of

the test which is only going to take a

few seconds we scan your spine in your


sometimes a forearm but usually it's the

spine in the hip we've already done your

spine and we're going to do both of your

hips one at a time it's very quick the

amount of time that they're on the table

is just very short a couple of minutes

we're going to take a couple of scans

and we're going to get what we call T

scores and those T scores are numbers

that it's considered a quantitative

measurement so that the numbers that the

doctors are looking at they're going to

make a diagnosis based on the numbers

now the doctors Nancy are going to write

a report and send it out to your doctors

you could get low numbers and the low

numbers mean that maybe you need to sit

down and talk to your doctor about

specific things that you can do to help

prevent your bones from getting lower

there are medications that you can take

or things that you can do to help

prevent your bones from getting lower

than they are with some of the

medications that are out there today you

can actually rebuild the bones that you

have and make them stronger and if you

make your bones stronger you're really

choosing to improve the quality of your

life it may prevent a fracture down

all righty is that the easiest test

you've ever had in your whole life I

really like working with people I like

putting their mind at ease and just

letting them know that this is one of

the best tests the easiest test that you

can actually have