What is a bone density scan?
A bone density scan (also known as a DEXA scan) is a painless test that uses low-dose x-rays to measure the calcium and mineral content of your bones and therefore, its strength. Typically, measurements can be taken from the bones in the hands or feet.

How long does a bone density scan take?
The bone density test normally takes some 10-30 minutes.

What does a bone density test show?
A bone density test can show osteoporosis or bone softening and future potential  fracture risk.

How much does a bone density test cost?
The cost of a bone density scan can vary from under $100 to over several hundred dollars depending on where you have it done. The bone density scan costs far more when using your health insurance plan to cover it or when having the study done in a hospital.

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