What to Expect
Bone density scanning, also called dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DEXA), is an enhanced form of x-ray technology that is used to measure bone loss and risk of future fractures.
Screening Questions: Prior to the exam, you will be asked to complete a screening sheet.
During the Exam
The exam is painless and is typically completed within 10 minutes. You will lie flat on your back on a table and the x-ray imager will move above you. A technologist will remain the room with you during the exam.
DEXA is most often used to diagnose osteoporosis, a condition that involves a gradual loss of calcium causing the bones to become thinner, more fragile and more likely to break. Osteoporosis most commonly affects post-menopausal women but can also affect men. Learn more about osteoporosis risk factors.
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