Bone Density Measurement

A bone mineral density scan is a diagnostic procedure used to measure bone loss. 

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A simple and painless procedure, a Q-CT scan takes just minutes to perform and is a common and exact screening procedure for osteoporosis. The exam utilizes x-ray technology to obtain images of the hip and lower spine. These are the areas where fractures caused by bone loss most commonly occur. After the acquisition, images are sent directly to a computer. Highly sophisticated software implementing national measurement standards evaluates the image and compares the results against national norms (bone density values of healthy young people (T-value) or respective age group (Z-value)). A profile is then generated that details the level of bone loss and potential risk for bone fractures.

On the basis of the examination results, it can be decided whether any potentially decreased bone density should be treated (osteoporosis therapy). Osteoporosis therapy can also be monitored with this procedure.

Control examinations should not be performed at intervals shorter than one year.

Length of procedure:

5-20 minutes

Preparation prior to procedure:

Before your procedure, you may be asked to change into a gown and remove any metal you may be wearing.

Pregnancy: If you think you may be pregnant, please inform your physician or the technologist before your exam.

Post-exam instructions:

You can resume normal activities right away.

Results turn-around time:

A radiologist will interpret your exam and a transcribed report will be available to the ordering physician within 48 hours.

Note: Q-CT scans for bone density measurement are not covered by social health insurance. Further information can be found on the page of our Competence Center Prevention. 
 

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