Our Imaging Services

Bone Density Testing

We offer bone densitometry to assess bone density—the mineral content of your bones—and to diagnose bone loss.

As we grow older, our bones lose some of their calcium, which weakens them and makes them more prone to fractures. Mild bone loss is referred to as osteopenia, and more severe loss is known as osteoporosis.

Bone densitometry is an exam used by physicians at NYU Langone to diagnose bone loss. Your doctor may also use it as a tool to follow the results of any treatment initiated to address this bone loss. 

Preparing for a Bone Density Test

You may eat normally on the day of the test. If you are taking calcium supplements, please avoid taking them for 24 hours prior to the exam. Wear loose, comfortable clothing without buttons, zippers, or snaps, if possible. 

Inform your doctor and the technologist if you have received barium or any other contrast agent or radioisotope during a CT or other scan in the past 10 to 14 days. If so, you may have to reschedule the bone density test for a later time. 

Please inform your doctor and technologist if there is a chance that you may be pregnant.

Prior to having the test, we ask that you fill out this brief bone densitometry screening form

During the Bone Density Test

The established standard bone density test is dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry, or DEXA. Measurements are most commonly taken of your lower spine and both hips. Occasionally, the test may include the bones in the forearm.

The exam is performed with you comfortably lying down on your back. During the spinal portion of the examination, your legs are raised and resting on a soft foam cushion, which straightens your spine. 

When examining your hips, your feet are placed in a brace to rotate your hips inward. The scanner slowly passes above the areas of interest as it collects information that is used to make a diagnosis.

The exam usually lasts for about 15 minutes.

Questions or Comments about Your Visit

Your experience is important to us. If you have questions or comments about your visit, please email puttingyoufirst@nyumc.org or call our ombudsman at 212-263-5222.

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Our Locations

Laura Perlmutter Center for Women's Imaging

221 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10016

Doctors’ Offices/Appointments: 212-731-5002
Medical Records: 646-754-1288
Fax: 212-263-7387

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NYU Langone Radiology—Gramercy Diagnostic Radiology

380 Second Avenue
New York, NY 10010

General Info: 212-477-8180
Scheduling: 212-477-8180
Medical Records: 212-477-8180
Fax: 212-477-7907

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NYU Langone Radiology—Hospital for Joint Diseases

301 East 17th Street
6th Floor
New York, NY 10003

General Info: 212-598-6655
Scheduling: 212-598-6655
Fax (scheduling): 212-263-4513
Medical Records: 212-598-6655
Fax (medical records): 212-598-6125

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NYU Langone Radiology—Joan H. Tisch Center for Women's Health

207 East 84th Street
2nd Floor
New York, NY 10028

NYU Langone Radiology—Metropolitan Diagnostic Imaging—Garden City

224 Seventh Street
Garden City, NY 11530

NYU Langone Radiology—Next Generation Radiology—Great Neck

560 Northern Boulevard
Suites 102/111
Great Neck, NY 11021

General Info: 516-504-1600
Scheduling Suite 102: 516-504-1600
Fax Suite 102: 516-504-6398
Scheduling PET/CT Scan: 516-482-2135
Fax PET/CT Scan: 516-482-3385
Medical Records: 516-504-1600

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NYU Langone Radiology—Next Generation Radiology—Port Jefferson

4 Medical Drive
Port Jefferson Station, NY 11776

NYU Langone Radiology—Northern Breast & Women’s Imaging

6 Ohio Drive
Suite 205
Lake Success, NY 11042

NYU Langone Radiology—NRAD, Garden City

765 Stewart Avenue
Garden City, NY 11530

NYU Langone Radiology—NRAD, Hempstead

230 Hilton Avenue
Hempstead, NY 11550

NYU Langone Radiology—NRAD, Lake Success, Suite 204

6 Ohio Drive
Suite 204
Lake Success, NY 11042

NYU Langone Radiology—NRAD, Lake Success, Suites 301B & 301C

410 Lakeville Avenue
Suites 301B and 301C
Lake Success, NY 11042

Phone: 516-222-2022
Fax, Suite 301B: 516-488-4979
Fax, Suite 301C (CT scan only): 516-326-8285

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NYU Langone Radiology—NRAD, Woodbury

105 Froehlich Farm Boulevard
Woodbury, NY 11797

NYU Langone Radiology—Promedica Imaging

6 Ohio Drive
Suite 204
Lake Success, NY 11042

NYU Langone Radiology—Queens Medical Imaging

69-15 Austin Street
Forest Hills, NY 11375

NYU Langone Radiology—Regional Radiology—Bard Avenue

360 Bard Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10310

NYU Langone Radiology—Regional Radiology—Outer Bridge

4849 Arthur Kill Road
Staten Island, NY 10309

NYU Langone Radiology—Regional Radiology—Richmond Avenue

3917 Richmond Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10312

Perlmutter Cancer Center—Rego Park

97-77 Queens Boulevard
Rego Park, NY 11374