According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, more than 10 million Americans have osteoporosis and another 34 million are at risk because of their low bone mass. Unfortunately, those at risk aren't usually aware until it progresses to point where fractures to hip, spine or wrist are likely to occur. Osteoporosis is largely preventable and treatable. A key factor in this success has been the availability of new and improved equipment to measure bone density.

Bone densitometry is a type of imaging examination that measures your bone mineral density. This test can detect low bone density before a fracture occurs. It can also predict chances for future fractures, confirm an osteoporosis diagnosis, determine rates of bone loss and monitor the effects of treatment. Terre Haute Regional Hospital utilizes a state-of-the-art DXA bone densitometer. A trained radiologic technologist or skilled healthcare professional will perform the examination using specialized equipment.

For those who desire an accurate body mass index (BMI), our bone density machine can also supply a printout of your exact BMI.

Preparation for Your Examination

  • Avoid wearing clothing with metal zippers or buttons
  • Avoid taking calcium supplements for 12 hours before your examination
  • Please bring a list of your current medication
  • Patient must be at least 20 years of age and weigh less than 350 pounds

Bone density examination description

The professional performing the examination will ask you to complete a short questionnaire. After reviewing the questionnaire you will be positioned on a bone density table with a pad. The machine will take images of one or more areas of the bone, usually lower back and hip. The examination takes approximately 20 minutes to complete. If you have any questions, please contact the Imaging Services Department at (812) 237-1625.