Radiology (Xray)

Bone Mineral Assessment

What is a bone mineral assessment (bone density) scan?

A bone density scan will measure your bone density (how strong your bones are). It will tell the doctor if your bones are normal for your age.

It is a very simple procedure. You will be asked to lie on your back on a bed, and a scanning arm will pass over the area we are interested in. In the majority of cases, we will scan your lower back and left hip.

You will not go through a tunnel and you will not have an injection. It is a painless procedure.

How long will it take?

The total appointment time is around 20 minutes, with approximately five minutes actual scanning time.

Are there any side effects?

Bone density scans are among the safest diagnostic imaging tests available. The amount of radiation involved is much less than that received during an X-ray.

Do I need to prepare for the scan?

Please wear clothing without metal or zips if possible. You need to tell us if you are pregnant or think you might be.

Can I still take my normal medication?

Yes, continue as usual.

Will it hurt? 

No.

What happens to the results?

The results will be sent to the doctor who referred you for the scan.


More information

If you need any further information, please contact the department:

Tel: 0191 223 1166

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