Contact Us

4021 Avenue B
Scottsbluff, NE 69361
United States

What is a bone density exam?

Bone density technology uses very low dose X-rays to measure the density of bones. The less density, the more likely a condition called osteoporosis results, which can cause bones to fracture too easily. The scanner measures the amount of X-ray able to penetrate through the bone, and uses that information to compute a bone density score.

Regional West Medical Center offers bone density screening with a GE Lunar scanner. This equipment is located in the Breast Health Center; however, bone density screening is NOT just for women. The Breast Health Center location was chosen simply because it is close to physician offices and easy for patients to find. Bone density exams may be scheduled Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Fridays. Your primary care physician or provider must refer you for a bone density screening.

What to expect during a bone density exam

During a bone density exam, you will lay on a table while the X-ray tube and the detectors move across the area being measured. The exam takes about 30 minutes. Before your exam, please remember to:

  • Bring a current list of medications to your appointment
  • Wear comfy clothing without metal, metallic fabric, or bejeweled pieces
  • Be contrast-free from a previous imaging appointment at least 10 days before your appointment

During the exam, a registered radiologic technologist who is registered in radiography by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) will care for you. The technologist will ask some health-related questions, assist you into the proper position on the table, and operate the scanning equipment.

A board certified radiologist examines your completed images and sends the report directly to your physician or provider, who will then contact you with the results.