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Reply to Garry Choy, MD there re: BONE DENSITY POSITIONING answer
On 1/30/12 "Dnas1" asked if "Could there be a problem in the results if one had a bone density test on the spine and the patients legs were not supported on a padded box." In your reply you did not appear to believe so. Thank you for your reply. It is felt that under certain circumstances (being elderly, arthritic, etc. one may have to get their arm or wrist, etc. scanned - but in the original question, it's not referring to this kind of situation - but under normal circumstances of one who has free movement of their legs and body, etc. and who could put their legs up and have their foot turned...)
At any rate, an article was read from "www.radiologyinfo.org" that stated "To access the spine, the patient's legs are supported on a padded box to flatten the pelvis and lower (lumbar) spine. To access the hip, the patient's foot is placed in a brace that rotates the hip inward." In addition, a few of the surrounding hospitals in one particular city made reference to the above - and mentioned that it's a "standard" manner in having a bone density of hip and spine doing it as outlined above, with feet up on padded box...
In addition, it was stated that if one wanted a "clear" picture - the purpose of seeing if there is a decrease or increase of bone density, then the POSITIONING, as described above is crucial. If the reading isn't clear, one supposes that the interpretation and the results may be off, and to decide to medicate or not is unsure, etc. Therefore, I would like to repeat the same question, but to say: "under normal circumstances" is it "standard" to have the legs up on a padded box, as mentioned above? Perhaps it's possible you can provide reference material to support your reply? It would certainly help relieve a lot of uncertainty! Thanks again for your reply. Do hope you respond to this reply.
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