DEXA (Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry) examinations estimate the amount of bone mineral content in specific areas of your body. DEXA utilizes two types of X-Rays that allow the Radiologist to make an estimation of bone density by showing the difference between bone and soft tissue.
While DEXA uses x-rays, the radiation dose is less than during a chest x-ray. It is a painless exam that requires no injections, invasive procedures, sedation, special diet, or any other advance preparation.
Nearly 10 million Americans have osteoporosis; a bone disease that greatly increases the risk of bone fracture. Risk factors for osteoporosis include:
DEXA is a critical screening technique in both the diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis, as well as for other conditions that cause bone loss. Talk to your doctor about your risk factors for osteoporosis and the importance of DEXA screening.
A DEXA exam usually consists of a spine and a single hip scan. It will take about 20 minutes to perform the exam. Our technician will ask you to lie very still on the scan table and breathe normally as the scanner passes over the areas being evaluated. After the exam is complete you will be able to return to your normal activities.