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Bridgeway Diagnostics is an American College of Radiology computed tomography accredited facility Bridgeway Diagnostics is an American College of Radiology MRI accredited facility


What your score means

-1 and above

Your bone density is considered normal.

Between -1 and -2.5

Your score is a sign of osteopenia, a condition in which bone density is below normal and may lead to osteoporosis.

-2.5 and below

Your bone density indicates you likely have osteoporosis.

Dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA/ Bone Scan) is the most widely used and most thoroughly studied bone density measurement technology. It uses low dose X-ray beams with different energy levels to determine bone density. Our GE equipment can also provide Body Composition scans to determine visceral fat, another innovative technology we can provide our patients!

How It Works

The exam generally takes 10 to 20 minutes and is painless. You will lie still on a cushioned exam table during the testing. There is no contrast or  injection needed for this exam.

Your Experience Back to Top

On the day of your exam, wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothes such as pants with an elastic waist.

Avoid wearing clothes with buttons, zippers or belts, as they could interfere with the scanner.

Do not take calcium supplements the day before and the day of your exam.

On the day of your appointment, please bring a list of medications you are currently taking.

Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your exam for registration, and bring your health insurance information to your appointment.


Pregnant women are advised to avoid this procedure.  

DEXA/ Bone Scan studies cannot be scheduled for 1 week following studies with contrast, such as nuclear medicine studies, barium enema, barium swallow, upper GI, CT or MRI.

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Q: What about radiation? Should I worry about exposure?

A: The radiation received during the scan is less than that of an airline flight from California to New York and back.

Q: What part of my body receives the scan?

A: It is most common to obtain measurements for your hips, but your physician may have specified additional scan locations.

Frequently Asked Questions Back to Top

A bone density test determines if you have osteoporosis — a disease that causes bones to become more fragile and more likely to break.

A radiologist who is specially trained to interpret bone density scans will review your images. The results of your exam are generally provided to your physician within 24 hours. If you would like to speak to the radiologist at the time of your exam, just ask!

Back to Top Your Results


Your T-score is your bone density compared with what is normally expected in a healthy young adult of your sex. Your T-score is the number of units — called standard deviations — that your bone density is above or below the average.


Your Z-score is the number of standard deviations above or below what's normally expected for someone of your age, sex, weight, and ethnic or racial origin. If your Z-score is -2 or lower, it may suggest that something other than aging is causing abnormal bone loss. If your doctor can identify the underlying problem, that condition can often be treated and the bone loss slowed or stopped.

Bone densitometry is the most accurate way to measure bone density and diagnose Osteopenia and Osteoporosis. These conditions can put you at higher risk of fracture and there are treatment plans including medication and lifestyle modifications available to help reduce that risk.

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