Bone Density

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

Learn how to prepare for a Bone Density exam.


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.

Appointments Available:

Fontaine Research Park 545 Building:  Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:00pm.   

**Please use the 515 Building Entrance**

Scheduling and Results

Scheduling an Appointment

A scheduling specialist would be a happy to help you.  Please call us at (434) 243-0321 to schedule your exam.

All exams require a Physician's order.  Prior to scheduling your appointment, we will confirm that we have received the order.

Your Results

The doctor who ordered your exam will contact you once they have received and reviewed your results.

They may have a specific day dedicated to calling patients, so it may be several days before their office contacts you.  If there is a critical finding on your study, our radiology doctor will contact your doctor as soon as possible to let them know.