A DEXA Scan uses a special X-Ray machine to measure your bone density. The DEXA Scan is a safe, easy screening test for Osteopenia and Osteoporosis that samples the density of bones at multiple sites. It can detect Osteoporosis before a fracture happens, can predict ones chances of fracturing bones in the future, and can monitor the effects of treatment of Osteoporosis.
Some risk factors of Osteoporosis include:
Small body frame (Weight < 127lbs or BMI < 20)
Low calcium Intake
Personal or family history of bone fracture
Estrogen or testosterone deficiency
Excessive Alcohol Consumption
The DEXA Scan is indicated for all post-menopausal women, and all men over the age of 70.
The DEXA Scan is a very simple and painless procedure that requires only a few minutes of your time. Routine views are taken of your hip and lower back. If you wear loose fitting clothing with no zippers, you will not need to undress for the procedure.
Preparation: Do not take calcium supplements the day of the procedure.
Following your DEXA scan, you will review your results with one of our providers.