Computed Tomography Bone Mineral Density

What equipment is used?

  • Computed Tomography (CT Scan) GE Scanner
  • QCT (Quantitative Computed Tomography)
  • QCD (Quantitative Computed Densitometry)

All are names used to describe a method of measuring bone density.  It is the most accurate method in evaluation of osteoporosis. 

Preparing for the Procedure.

There is no preparation required. You can eat. You can take your prescribed medication. 

What happens during the evaluation?

The CT BMD examination is performed on our CT Scanner and takes approximately five minutes.  An extremely low dose CT Scan is performed of the upper lumbar vertebrae and the proximal femur (both hips). 


The images are evaluated for bone mineral density. 

  • Information graphically compared to heredity, age, gender, weight, height, and health conditions to others in the same category.
  • A fracture risk threshold is compared and categorized as to the prevalence of fractures in a similar age group and bone density.


  • Normal Bone Density
  • Osteopenia
  • Osteoporosis
  • Severe Osteoporosis

Steps can be taken to help slow down your bone loss and prevent osteoporosis.

  1. Healthy habits such as eating foods rich in calcium and vitamin D and doing weight-bearing exercise such as walking, jogging, or dancing.
  2. In some cases, your doctor may recommend medication to prevent osteoporosis. Such as calcium, vitamin D, and prescription medications. 

By Misty Carnahan

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