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Re: [IPk] Bone density scan whilst on a pump

Hi Laura,

I work with medical imaging, and have also had several bone density
scans over the last years, so I'm at least somewhat familiar with the
process from the professional side as well as the patient side.

You are correct that the measurements are based on low intensity x-rays.
I never removed my pump but always made sure that it was not located
near the place they are measuring - mostly so that the pump does not
mess up the measurement, though also to be sure there is no risk
whatsoever to the pump. They typically measure bone density at 2 or 3
different points in the body, so if necessary, when they move the bed
and tell you to move, you can always just shift the pump so it is well
away from the very small piece of bone that they are measuring at the

Hope it all goes smoothly and the results are good.


On 7 July 2011 18:20, Laura Holborow <email @ redacted> wrote:
> Hi
> I'm booked in for a bone density scan in a week or so. I don't know much
> about it, but think it's low level X rays and measures the bone density in
> the hip and other places, and takes about 20 minutes. Does anyone know if I
> need to take the pump off whilst it's being done? The pump's usually hooked
> onto the waistband of my trousers (so sort of hip level) - don't want it
> damaged/affecting the results.
> Thanks
> Laura
> .
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