A bone density exam is a quick and easy exam that will assist the physician in assessing your bone health. This test uses enhanced, low dose x-ray technology to measure your degree of bone loss. A bone density test is used to determine if you have, or are at risk of, osteoporosis.

How do I get a bone density exam?

First, you must obtain a written order from your physician with a valid ICD-9 code(s). Once you have a written order from your physician, call our Central Scheduling office at 607-798-5723 to schedule an appointment. Please have your written order and insurance cards ready when you call.

How do I prepare for a bone density exam?

You will need to provide a brief history including any prescription medications you might be taking. On the day of the exam, please don't take any calcium supplements or multivitamins as it will affect the results of the exam.

How is a bone density exam done?

Bone density exams are quick, easy, and painless. You will be asked to lie on a padded table for a few minutes while we scan your hips and lumbar spine.

How do I get my results?

The resulting scan, along with an interpretation from the radiologist, will be forwarded to your physician.

Where is the Bone Densitometry Department located?

Bone Densitometry is located inside the Breast Care Center in the DePaul Pavilion at Lourdes Hospital. Enter the DePaul Pavilion and follow the hallway to your right. At the end of the hallway, before you reach the double doors, turn left. Take the elevator to the Main floor. The Breast Care Center will be in front of you as you exit the elevator. When you arrive at the Breast Care Center, please be sure to sign in at the front desk.

Available appointment times range from:

  • Monday: 7:30 AM -3:30 PM
  • Tuesday: 7:30 AM -3:30 PM
  • Wednesday: 7:30 AM -5:30 PM
  • Thursday: 7:30 AM -3:30 PM
  • Friday: 7:30 AM -3:30 PM
  • Saturday: 7:30 AM -11:30 AM (every third Saturday)

Ask your physician if you may benefit from a bone density exam or call 607-798-5294 if you have questions about bone density exams.

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