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What is a Bone Density Scan?

The dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) scan measures the density and mineral content in bone, most often in the hip or lower spine. It is the most accurate method of determining bone density and potential problems related to bone loss. A bone density test is the only test that can diagnose osteoporosis before a broken bone occurs.

What happens during the procedure?

The simple and painless procedure takes about 10 minutes. You will be laying on a table with your legs straight or your lower legs resting on a slightly elevated platform. The technologist will be guiding you through the procedure and will be present during the imaging process.

What are the benefits and risks of this procedure?

The procedure does not cause any pain, it is non-invasive, and there is very little exposure to radiation. The DEXA scan is an a more accurate form of an X-ray and it is used to diagnose and monitor patients with significant bone loss. It is a great tool to diagnose osteoporosis which often has no symptoms unless the person suffers a fracture. Luckily the DEXA scan can diagnose disease at its earliest stages so you can begin treatment to protect your bones as soon as possible.

How to Prepare For a DEXA Procedure:

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