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how to detect bone density scan, so they weigh you as well?

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Dr. Gerald Mandell
Nuclear Medicine 52 years experience
If very overweight: Only if doing whole body scan or lumbar spine exam. The table usually has limit 300-350 pounds. If doing evaluation of extremity can do separate study with body not on table, then probably no issue.

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A 36-year-old member asked:

What is a bone density scan test, and does it require radiation? Is it harmful?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. William Banks Hinshaw
Obstetrics and Gynecology 43 years experience
Yes and no: Yes it requires radiation. The bone mineral density test (which is not a "bone scan" which is something entirely different) requires x-radiation. But no, it is not harmful in and of itself. The radiation dose is around 1/10 the dose from a chest radiograph. That said, radiation doses are cumulative, so each DXA adds a little to your total dose accumulation and risk.
A 38-year-old member asked:

What type of doctor can order a bone density scan?

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Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 30 years experience
Family doctor: Your family doctor, gynecologist or a specialist such as an endocrinologist will typically order a bone density scan.
CA
A 35-year-old member asked:

Is it normal to need a bone density scan?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 44 years experience
Yes: Anyone who is at risk of osteoporosis should have the test once they reach a certain age - that includes almost all women and some men as well.
China Grove, NC
A 49-year-old female asked:

What issues can be diagnosed off bone density scan?

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Dr. Sanjay Kumar
Internal Medicine 37 years experience
DEXA: Osteoporosis or osteopenia.
CA
A 28-year-old male asked:

What is the definition or description of: bone density scan?

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Dr. Susan Wingo
Endocrinology 33 years experience
Xray test for bones: A dexa(dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry) measured the density of mineral/calcium in the bones, and is also known as bmd(bone mineral densitometry). It involves lying on an exam table while x-rays with 2 different wavelengths go through the hip and the spine region to measure the amount of calcium in the bones to determine if some has osteoporosis or a high risk for broken hip or other bones.

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