The testing area of your local hospital can be intimidating. All that mysterious beeping, lab coats, and machinery do little to calm a patient’s nerves. No, only reading up on, and mentally preparing for, a new procedure can do that.
If you’ve just been referred for a bone density test and are wondering what the next few weeks have in store for you, then you’ve come to the right place. Today, we’re going to rob this potentially uncomfortable experience of its mystique and hopefully ease your mind heading into the procedure. Here’s what you need to know about a bone density test.
What Is a Bone Density Test?
A bone density test, or a bone mineral density test is used to measure the strength of your bones. It’s a tool that doctors use to determine if a patient has osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis is a condition that can cause your bones to get weak and thin, ultimately leading to breaks. Unfortunately, osteoporosis can be difficult to spot, with most sufferers remaining undiagnosed until they break a bone.