Bone Densitometry at BIDHC- Lexington is a service offered by the Division of Endocrinology and Bone and Mineral Metabolism. Bone Density testing is used to diagnose patients with osteopenia, and osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a disease characterized by low bone mass and structural deterioration of bone tissue, leading to bone fragility and increased susceptibility to fractures of hips, spine, and wrist. Osteopenia shows early signs of bone loss.
Most insurance companies will pay for a bone density test once a year, however, some insurance plans allow testing to be performed every two years. Although insurance referrals are not required, your referring physician must submit an order for this test to be performed.
Preparing for your appointment:
Refrain from taking calcium supplements 24 hours prior to your test. The day of your test, please wear comfortable clothing, preferably free of zippers and other metal works. Please call us if you are scheduled for another test the week prior to your bone density test involving radioactive tracers such as upper GI's or barium enemas.
For more information, or to schedule an appointment, please call 781-528-2560.