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DXA Bone Density Preparation

How do I prepare for the exam?

  • Any special instructions will be provided at the time you schedule your exam.
  • Do not take anything that contains calcium or milk of magnesia the day before or the day of your exam.
  • Notify a BayCare Imaging Professional if you are nursing or if there is a chance you may be pregnant.
  • Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment to verify your registration information.

What should I expect during the exam?

  • DXA is safe and painless. It requires no injections, invasive procedures or sedation.
  • During the exam, you lie fully clothed on a padded table while the system scans one or more areas of bone (usually the lower spine or hip).
  • While DXA uses X-rays, the radiation dose is less than during a chest X-ray.

What happens after the exam?

  • A musculoskeletal radiologist who specializes in bones and muscles will review your images.
  • The radiologist prepares a diagnostic report to share with your doctor.
  • Your doctor will consider this information in context of your overall care and talk with you about the results.

To make an appointment, please call:

Hillsborough County: (813) 635-3610
Pinellas/Pasco Counties: (727) 461-8555


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