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What is a bone density scan test, and does it require radiation? Is it harmful?
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Dr. William Banks Hinshaw
Obstetrics & Gynecology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. William Banks Hinshaw
Dr. William Banks Hinshaw
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Dr. Frederick Singer
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
In brief: Safe
Bone density scans usually use radiation to measure the density of bone.
The dose of radiation is much less than that from a chest x-ray. It is not considered harmful.

In brief: Safe
Bone density scans usually use radiation to measure the density of bone.
The dose of radiation is much less than that from a chest x-ray. It is not considered harmful.
Dr. Frederick Singer
Dr. Frederick Singer
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