Bone densitometry is used to measure bone mineral content and density. This measurement can indicate decreased bone mass, a condition in which bones are more brittle and more prone to break or fracture easily. Bone densitometry is used primarily to diagnose osteoporosis and to determine fracture risk. The testing procedure measures the bone density of the bones of the spine, pelvis, lower arm and thigh.
Bone densitometry testing may be done using X-rays, dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA or DXA) or by quantitative CT scanning using special software to determine bone density of the hip or spine. These procedures are generally done in a clinic, hospital or free-standing radiology facility.
Bone densitometry screening is available at the MultiCare Rockwood Imaging Center's Rockwood Main Clinic location.