Test Preparation
Bone Mineral Density

A Bone Mineral Density (BMD) test is a non-invasive and pain-free test that measures the density of your bones in order to determine your likelihood of developing osteoporosis or enduring an osteoporosis-related fracture.

Before the Test: Bone density scans require minimal preparation. You should avoid wearing jewelry or any other metallic objects on your body. Please avoid wearing clothes with metal clips, snaps, buttons or zippers on the day of your test.

Do not take calcium/vitamin supplements for 24 hours prior to examination.

If you have had a nuclear medicine dye injection or a barium study within 2 weeks, please reschedule your Bone Mineral Density test.

During the Test: During a bone density scan you may be required to wear a gown for the procedure. An X-ray machine will scan the areas that are common to bone degradation including the back and hips. There is minimal physical contact with the machine during the test.

After the Test: Once the test is completed, you will be able to return to your normal activities.

What to Bring: To avoid delays on the day of your test, ensure that you bring your health card and your requisition.