Bone Densitometry at the Breast Imaging Center

Schedule a Bone Scan

To schedule a bone scan, please call Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital's Breast Imaging Center at (805) 681-6459.

The Breast Imaging Center has added a state-of-the-art G.E. Lunar Prodigy DEXA bone density scanner to its diagnostic tools. DEXA (dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry), or bone densitometry, is the established standard for measuring bone mineral density (BMD). It is a form of X-ray technology that is a painless, noninvasive method of measuring your bone mass with minimal radiation exposure. Older methods such as single photon absorptiometry do not predict hip fractures as well as DEXA.

Measurements are most commonly made of the lower spine and upper part of the hip. A BMD test can detect osteoporosis before a fracture occurs and can estimate your risk of having a fracture in the future, as well as identify others who might benefit from measures to improve bone strength.

The National Osteoporosis Foundation recommends a BMD test for:

  • women age 65 or older
  • postmenopausal women under age 65 with one or more risk factors for osteoporosis
  • menopausal women with certain risk factors
  • men age 70 or older
  • men age 50-70 with one or more risk factors for osteoporosis
  • anyone after age 50 who has broken a bone