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Does a bone density test usually hurt?
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Dr. Robert Lang
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
4 doctors agree
In brief: No
The best bone density test, called dxa, does not use any needles.
A person lies on a table and a very small dose of radiation passes through the lower spine and hip to measure bone density. It is painless.

In brief: No
The best bone density test, called dxa, does not use any needles.
A person lies on a table and a very small dose of radiation passes through the lower spine and hip to measure bone density. It is painless.
Dr. Robert Lang
Dr. Robert Lang
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Dr. Michael Gabor
Diagnostic Radiology
In brief: Not at all.
It is simple and painless.

In brief: Not at all.
It is simple and painless.
Dr. Michael Gabor
Dr. Michael Gabor
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Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
In brief: No
A bone denisty should not hurt simply by the test.
A patient lies on the back and legs are put in certain positions to get measurements of the hips. If a patient has a bad back or hip, pain could occur. The test only takes a couple of minutes and requires no needles for example. Again the test itself is not painful.

In brief: No
A bone denisty should not hurt simply by the test.
A patient lies on the back and legs are put in certain positions to get measurements of the hips. If a patient has a bad back or hip, pain could occur. The test only takes a couple of minutes and requires no needles for example. Again the test itself is not painful.
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
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