DEXA Bone Densitometry

DEXA

Osteoporosis (softening of the bones) is a disease that is gaining increased attention as more people live longer. It is not a condition that is limited to natural aging, however. In many instances it is associated with post-menopausal estrogen deficiency, secondary conditions that adversely impact bone metabolism and can sometimes even be traced to childhood.

A Dual-Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry (DEXA) test is a bone density test used to determine whether or not you have osteoporosis or low bone mass, conditions that commonly affect women after menopause and, in some cases, men. It is a fast, safe and painless test that measures bone strength and can predict your risk for bone fracture. DEXA may also be used as a follow-up procedure to monitor response to specific medications.

All women over 65 and men over 65 with low testosterone levels should be screened for osteoporosis.

Preparation

A DEXA exam is fast, inexpensive and requires no prior preparation. Clothing does not need to be removed. In advance of your exam, please let the patient representative, radiologist or technologist know if you have had an MRI or CT scan within one (1) week of your scheduled appointment.

If you are pregnant, please tell your doctor or a patient representative before your test.

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