Orthopedics & Sports Medicine

Kick start your bone health with a bone scan

Bone scans, or bone density tests, use enhanced X-ray imaging to measure the amount of bone you have. These imaging tests help the orthopedic specialists at Goshen Physicians Orthopedics & Sports Medicine diagnose osteoporosis, back pain and other orthopedic conditions. Bone scans are often called dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA or DXA).

Our comprehensive approach to treating bone conditions begins with a thorough diagnosis. That’s why we offer bone density scans along with other imaging exams to evaluate the health of your bones before beginning treatment. Your treatment team collaborates to provide the care you need. Call us at (574) 534-2548 today to schedule an appointment for a bone scan in Goshen, Nappanee or Shipshewana, IN.

What is a bone scan?

The two types of bone scans, central DXA and peripheral DXA (pDXA), measure bone density in different areas of your body. Central DXA uses a large machine to evaluate bone density in the hip, spine and arm; pDXA uses a smaller machine for the wrist, heel or finger. Peripheral DXA bone scans are screening tests, as they’re less sensitive than a central DXA.

Do I need a bone density test?

If you have unexplained back pain, risk factors for osteoporosis or currently take medication for osteoporosis, you may need a bone scan. A bone density test can help track the health of your bones and help your doctor decide whether bone density is improving or getting worse.

Your doctor may recommend a bone scan if you:

  • Have lost a half inch or more of height in one year
  • Are older than 50 and break a bone
  • Are a woman age 65 or older or a man age 70 or older
  • Are a menopausal or postmenopausal woman younger than 65 but with risk factors for osteoporosis

What to expect with a bone scan at Goshen Physicians Orthopedics & Sports Medicine

Your bone scan will happen in our orthopedics and sports medicine center, where you can receive your scan and treatment in one location. The scan takes about 30 minutes to complete and begins with you lying on a table. A specially trained radiologist will position your body using supports and braces.

For the safest and highest quality bone scan:

  • Do not take calcium supplements 24 hours before the exam.
  • Tell your doctor and radiologist if you might be pregnant.
  • Inform your treatment team if you’ve had a barium exam or another exam with contrast dye in the last two weeks.

Think you need a bone density scan? Call us at (574) 534-2548 to schedule an appointment.

Goshen Physicians Orthopedics & Sports Medicine offers complete bone care with bone density tests in Goshen, Nappanee and Shipshewana, IN.