What Should You Not Do Before A Bone Density Test?

Can I wear a bra for a bone density test?

Do not wear jewelry, hearing aids, belt buckles, zippers, snaps, or buttons.

Females should wear a sports bra.

Bras with under wires will need to be removed.

It is okay to eat anytime before or after the exam..

At what age should a woman have a bone density test?

When low bone density is identified early through screening, lifestyle changes and therapies can help protect bone health and reduce the risk of fractures. That’s why the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends routine screening of bone mineral density for women ages 65 and older.

Can I take vitamin D before a bone density test?

Calcium and vitamin D intake before bone density test can reduce risk of osteoporosis.

Do you have to undress for bone density test?

In most cases, you do not need to undress. This scan is the best test to predict your risk for fractures, especially of the hip. Peripheral DEXA (p-DEXA) — These smaller machines measure the bone density in your wrist, fingers, leg, or heel.

How should I dress for a bone density test?

Patients should not have had a barium study, radioisotope injection, or an oral or IV contrast material from a CT scan or MRI within 7 days prior to their DEXA exam. Patient should wear loose, comfortable clothing. Sweat suits and casual attire without zippers, buttons, grommets, metal hooks, or underwire bra.

Can I drink milk before a DEXA scan?

Do NOT eat foods high in calcium for 3-4 hours before your DXA scan. These foods include: milk, cheese, yogurt, and dark green leafy vegetables. Do NOT take calcium supplements, vitamins, or TUMS® on the day of your scan.