Ultrasound - Arm or Leg - Bone Density

This test uses sound waves to measure the density of the bones in your wrist, fingers, leg or heel.




This test uses sound waves to measure the density of the bones in your wrist, fingers, leg or heel.



An ultrasound uses sound waves to measure the density of the bones in your wrist, fingers, leg or heel.

  • This ultrasound is a screening test. It is used to look for problems with the bones before there are symptoms.
  • If the ultrasound bone density is low, a DEXA scan will usually be recommended to confirm a diagnosis of osteoporosis (weak and brittle bones).

Your healthcare provider may order this ultrasound to see if you have a low bone density.

  • A low bone density can indicate you have weak and brittle bones.
  • A bone density ultrasound is not generally used to keep track of how well medicine for osteoporosis is working.

Here are some things you should know before having an ultrasound.

  • Your healthcare provider will tell you how to prepare.
  • They are usually painless. You may have some discomfort during the test if the area is swollen or tender.
  • The test usually takes about 30 minutes.

During the test, a technician will move a probe over the area.

  • The probe will be covered with a clear gel.
  • The gel helps send the sound waves to the computer.

The costs for this test include the charge for the test (facility charge) and physician charges (for performing or interpreting the test). You may get separate bills from the facility and the physician's office.

What should I ask my healthcare provider before having this test?

  • Is there any special preparation for the test? (If so, get clear instructions on what you need to do.)
  • Why are you ordering this test? Will the test results change my treatment plan? If not, do I need the test?

Source UHC.com

Also known as:

Ultrasound - Arm or Leg - Bone Density
Ultrasound
Leg Ultrasound
Leg Sonogram
Leg Scan
Extremity Ultrasound
Bone Scan
Bone Density
Arm Ultrasound
Arm Sonogram
Arm Scan


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