Bone Densitometry

A bone density test measures the density or thickness of bone in your spine or hip. This quick, painless test can be used to determine it you have osteoporosis or osteopenia. Only a small amount of radiation is used in this test – about one-twentieth the dose received during a normal chest x-ray.

The Aroostook Medical Center uses a digital bone density machine, which produces highly accurate, detailed results.
Tests are offered as a walk-in service – after getting a referral from your doctor, come by the Imaging Center at A.R. Gould Memorial Hospital anytime Monday through Friday between the hours of 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. for your screening.

What is osteoporosis and/or osteopenia?

Our bones become thinner as we age. A disease called osteopenia is the result of a decline in bone mineral density. When bone mineral density declines further, the result is osteoporosis, a disease that leaves bones weak and brittle. People with osteoporosis have an increased risk of breaking and fracturing bones by doing every day activities.

If you are a post-menopausal woman, your risk may be higher than a woman in premenopausal years.

You may be at greater risk if any of these apply to you:

- Caucasian or Asian
- Slender body build
- Family history of osteoporosis or bone fractures
- Surgical menopause
- Smoking
- Drinking alcohol
- Low calcium intake
- Low vitamin D intake
- Inactive lifestyle

There are many other risk factors that affect women and men. It is important to discuss your personal risk factors with your health care provider. For more information, please call (207)768-4216.

Printable Procedure Information Sheet

Bone Density Scan

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