Bone density generally decreases as we age, and for women it often drops shortly after menopause when declining estrogen levels no longer protect bone density. Older men are also at risk for lower bone density and osteoporosis, as are people who have taken medications that affect bone density for prolonged periods (such as some asthma and steroid medications) and people with a history of osteoporosis or fractures in their family.
A bone density test determines your T-Score, which compares your bones to healthy bones. Knowing your T-Score and risk factors helps you and your physician decide how aggressively you should address osteoporosis prevention and treatment.
DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital offers the preferred bone density scanning equipment, called DEXA (dual energy X-ray absorptiometry), at the Radiology/ Mammography Center at the Professional Office Building Suite 206.
- You may schedule this test by calling 313-966-5338. Walk-ins are welcome Monday –Friday, 8 am- 4 pm but expect a short wait for services
- Do not take your calcium pill on the morning of your scan. You may take it after.
- You may not have this scan if you are pregnant.
- You may not have this scan if you have had a test with barium or contrast dye in the last 7 days.
- Check your insurance coverage if you have had a bone density exam within the last two years.
On The Day of Your Exam
- Come a few minutes early to fill out a short history form.
- Bring your insurance card, a list of your medications and a written doctor’s order with the reason for your scan.
- Wear clothing with no metal zippers, snaps, or buckles. No metal can be in the area of the scan. You may put on a hospital gown if you wish.
- You will lie on a table while the DEXA arm moves over your body. A radiology tech will do the scan and will be in the room with you.
Our certified radiologists will read your scan and send a report to your doctor. Your doctor will discuss the results and suggest changes to improve your bone health.
Sinai Grace Hospital Professional Office Building
6001 W. Outer Drive, Suite 206
Detroit, Michigan 48235
313-966-5338 or (888) DMC -2500