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Possible Risks When Testing Bone Density

The technology used for the test for bone density is quite safe. Radiation exposure is exceedingly small -- about the equivalent of playing outdoors all day on a summer day or flying across the United States in a jet plane. With this test, a person receives less than 10 percent of the radiation received in a standard chest x-ray. State regulatory agencies permit routine measurement of healthy children.
A bone density test is not painful. There is no needle stick involved, and one cannot feel anything when the x-rays pass through the body. The hardest part is remaining still for the minute or so when the measurement is performed. The testing instrument does not enclose you.
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