A DEXA scan is an imaging test that measures bone density (strength). DEXA scan results can provide helpful details about your risk for osteoporosis (bone loss) and fractures (bone breaks). This test can also measure your body composition, such as body fat and muscle mass.
Medical experts consider DEXA scans to be the most useful, easy, and inexpensive test for helping to diagnose osteoporosis. The test is quick and painless.
Who gets a DEXA scan?
Increased age: Many individuals lose bone mass as they get older.
Family history: If one or more family members have had osteoporosis or more than one fracture, you could be at a higher risk for bone loss.
Previous fracture injuries: Breaking a bone, especially after age 50, may signify that you’re at greater risk. This is because porous (less dense) bones break more easily.
Medications: Some medications, such as the steroid prednisone, cancer drugs, and drugs used after an organ transplant, can weaken your bones.
Your overall health: Many chronic medical disorders can make your bones more likely to break. Risky conditions include rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, diabetes, liver disease, and kidney disease.
What to Expect During the Dexa Scan? DEXA scans measure the mineral content in certain bones, such as the hip, spine, and/or wrist. It works this way:
You will be asked to lie on a special DEXA x-ray table. The technologist will help position you correctly and use positioning devices such as foam blocks to help hold the desired position.
As the arm of the DEXA machine passes over the body, IT uses two different x-ray beams. The beams use very little radiation to keep the test safer and help to distinguish bone from other tissues.
These results are then reviewed and interpreted by a radiologist or other physician trained in DEXA interpretation.
Your healthcare provider is sent a copy of the written report to discuss with you and consider what treatment is most appropriate To make an appointment, please call (833) 269-4624.