What you can expect from a bone density test

Bone density testing is performed on the bones that are more likely to break because of osteoporosis, including:

  • Bones of the lumbar spine (lumbar vertebrae)
  • The narrow neck of the thigh bone (femur), next to the hip joint
  • Forearm bones

The amount of radiation to which you are exposed is very low, much lower than the amount emitted during a chest radiograph. The test takes about 10 to 30 minutes.

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