DEXA Bone Densitometry
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.