What is a 3D Bone densitometry?

The procedure of Bone Densitometry primarily enables the measurement of bone density and calcium content in the spine & hips. The examination is also called a dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) scan or QCT Scan. This is a simple, quick and non-invasive medical test, which involves exposing particular parts of the body to very small amounts of ionisation radiation. This is then used to produce images of the insides of the body. 

 

Why have I been asked to get a 3D Bone Densitometry done?

3D Bone densitometry is performed to:
  • Determine Osteoporosis to assess their risk of having a bone fracture within the next few years.
  • Check up for any chance of having Osteoporosis  in case of family history
  • It is recommended to do Bone density testing for patients with type 1 diabetes, liver disease, kidney disease, thyroid condition or male patients with clinical conditions associated with bone loss.
  • Evaluate any unexplained bone weight
  • Assess the situation in case of a loss of more than an inch of height,
  • Assess the condition in case someone is likely to break a bone in minor trauma such as falling from a small height or even from violent sneezing and coughing.
  • If QCT scanning is recommended, this will usually be at one to two year intervals although frequent follow-up, approximately every 6 months, is recommended for those on steroid treatment.

 

Names of Previous reports/scans required?

N/A

 

How long is the procedure for?

  • Total time – 1 hr 
  • Test time- 10-15 mins

 

Can I walk in for a 3D Bone densitometry test without prior appointment?

  •  Yes  (Confirm by calling on 8869906990 before arriving at the centre)

 

History of allergy?

N/A

 

How is the 3D Bone densitometry test done?

  • The patient will be asked to lie on a padded table, with the X-ray generator positioned below the patient and the imaging device positioned below.
  • It’s important that the patient stays very still and may also be asked to hold their breath for a few seconds during the time which the image is obtained.
  • If the doctor is checking for osteoporosis, the lumbar spine and the hips are usually examined.
  • Patients can eat immediately before the test and remain fully dressed as long as their clothes have no metal buttons or zippers.