When is this performed?

  • To investigate whether a patient has osteoporosis or whether treatment for this has been effective

What does the test involve?

  • Lying on a couch whilst a machine arm passes over you.

Are there any side-effects?

  • This is a painless investigation. This test, like x-rays involves the use of radiation.

How long does the test take and is admission to hospital required?

  • A few minutes and does not usually require admission

What should you tell your doctor? A precise list of your medication

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