About the test

 

You might have come to this page because you’ve seen an advertisement in a university, fitness centre, or workplace, and would like a little more information before you have a test. If that’s why, I recommend you read the FAQ and Disclaimer. If you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to contact me.

The most important thing to know about this test is that there is good evidence to support its ability to predict bone density and fracture risk in your arms and legs (also, importantly, your hips and wrists), but less evidence to support it’s ability to predict low bone density in the spine. For most people, this doesn’t matter too much, because their bone density isn’t too different throughout their body; but for a minority, it might do. There are some things that increase the risk of you having different bone density in your spine – some of these are mentioned here so please do check this before you come. If you answered ‘no’ to all of them… great, it should be suitable!

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Finally you might have come to this website because you really want a bone density test and you don’t know how to go about arranging one. If this is the case, why not give me a ring or drop me an email – tell me roughly what area you live in, and I will see if and when I am holding a testing day near you. I can give you the address and contact details of the site where I am testing. You may have to contact them directly to book the appointment, but this is usually very easily done.

If I am not testing anywhere in the near future that is convenient for you, why not arrange a testing day with some friends? I may be able to come and visit you at your home (or one of your friends!). You can even earn some money doing this; I have also had a number of establishments hosting one of the days with the proceeds going to charity. Minimum numbers will depend upon how far I have to travel. If this sounds like a viable option, have a look at the information about hosting a bone density testing day.