Bone Densitometry: Bone Mineral Density (BMD) Testing

Dual Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry (DXA) is the best way to measure bone density since it measures BMD at both the hip and the spine, two locations at risk for osteoporotic fracture. The DXA is painless and non-invasive and takes only minutes to complete.

When having a DXA-BMD or body composition test please wear workout-like or sweat-type clothing that DOES NOT have zippers, hooks, grommets or anything metal on them (also no bras with under wires, watches, bracelets, necklaces etc. please). Metal interferes with the DXA results.

Spokane Osteoporosis offers this state-of-the-art DXA testing with excellent precision and at convenient locations near where you live.

Please call 509-924-1950 to schedule your BMD testing.

BMD Test Request

To request a BMD test at one of our sites, please call 509-924-1950 or have your physician fax us a request form.

BMD test forms are available to fill out prior to coming to your bone density testing. Although they are not mandatory, but it will save time if you could fill it out. 

The drop in reimbursement for BMD testing, now down 40% and set to drop 70%, will put most Osteoporosis Centers out of business within the next year or two! See for more information. 

Please help support the Testing Centers you know are committed to quality BMD testing, good precision and comprehensive reporting. Thank you for helping!

Understanding your BMD Test

Hip and Spine BMD are reported as a T-score, the number of standard deviations (SD's) your BMD is above or below a normal, health 30 year old. Every 1 SD deficit at the hip increases the risk of fracture over 2.5 times.


T-Score Definitions for Hip and Spine BMD



T-Score +1 to -1: Within 1 (SD) standard devision variation from peak BMD

Low bone Density 'Osteopenia' (a term no longer being used):

T-Score -1 to -2.49: 1.0 to 2.49 (SD) standard deviations below peak BMD



T-Score -2.5 of lower: 2.5 or more (SD) standard deviations below peak BMD


National Osteoporosis Foundation on Bone Mineral Density Testing

This week the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) expanded its guidelines on osteoporosis screening to include younger women at increased risk of bone fractures. The newly released guidelines expand routine screening to include all women 65 and older as well as younger women at increased risk of bone fractures.

These new recommendations are now closer to those issued by other groups, including the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF). The NOF currently recommends bone mineral density testing for women 65 and older, as well as some younger postmenopausal women, based on their risk factors. Unlike the task force, however, NOF also recommends testing for all men 70 and older, and for men aged 50 to 69 with risk factors.

Osteoporosis can be prevented and can be diagnosed and treated before any fracture occurs. Importantly, even after the first fracture has occurred, there are effective treatments to decrease the risk of further fractures. Prevention, detection and treatment of osteoporosis should be a mandate of primary care providers.

Click here to learn more about NOF's indications for BMD Testing.