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Preparation for DEXA Scan

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Info to know/steps to take before your appointment

  • This test does not require fasting.
  • Calcium supplements or Tums can interfere with exam results. To avoid this potential problem, do not take calcium supplements or Tums within 24 hours of your exam.
  • Medications containing magnesium can also interfere with exam results. To avoid this potential problem, do not take any medications such as Milk of Magnesia, Maalox, Pepto Bismol or Kaopectate the day of the appointment.

    Patients who take one of these products on the day of the exam will need to be rescheduled.

  • Please do not wear clothing that contains metal to your exam as the metal will interfere with exam results.