Last update Jan. 18, 2023

Bone Density Scan


Safe substance and/or breastfeeding is the best option.

It is a type of low-dose x-ray that measures the calcium and other minerals in the bones to calculate their strength and density. It is used to diagnose osteopenia, osteoporosis, predict the risk of future fractures, and monitor osteoporosis treatment. (Radiologyinfo 2022, Medline Plus 2021)

Bone densitometry uses very low doses of radiation, be it x-rays, ultrasound, or radioactive isotopes such as Gadolinium 153, which pass through the body like an X-ray. It is a non-invasive technique.

The emitted radiation does not affect milk or lactation (HSE 2015), does not remain in the body, is not excreted in milk, and does not alter prolactin levels.

There is no need to wait any time to breastfeed after the scan.

Suggestions made at e-lactancia are done by APILAM team of health professionals, and are based on updated scientific publications. It is not intended to replace the relationship you have with your doctor but to compound it. The pharmaceutical industry contraindicates breastfeeding, mistakenly and without scientific reasons, in most of the drug data sheets.

Jose Maria Paricio, Founder & President of APILAM/e-Lactancia

Your contribution is essential for this service to continue to exist. We need the generosity of people like you who believe in the benefits of breastfeeding.

Thank you for helping to protect and promote breastfeeding.

José María Paricio, founder of e-lactancia.


Bone Density Scan belongs to this group or family:


  1. Radiologyinfo. Examen de densidad ósea (DEXA o DXA). Para pacientes. 2022 Consulted on Jan. 18, 2023 Full text (link to original source)
  2. Radiologyinfo. Bone Density Scan (DEXA or DXA). For Patients. 2022 Consulted on Jan. 18, 2023 Full text (link to original source)
  3. MedlinePlus. Densitometría ósea. Información de salud para usted. 2021 Full text (link to original source)
  4. MedlinePlus. Bone Density Scan. Trusted Health information for you. 2021 Full text (link to original source)
  5. HSE - United Kingdom Health and Safety Executive. Working safely with ionising radiation. Guidelines for expectant or breastfeeding mothers. Leaflet. 2015 Full text (link to original source) Full text (in our servers)

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