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Bone Density Screening (DEXA Scan)

osteoporosis screeningWhat is Osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis refers to thinning of the bones. This condition can occur in men and women of all ages.

What is DEXA?

DEXA stands for Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry, also known as a bone density screening. It is a fast and simple, non-invasive procedure used to measure bone mineral density (BMD) and detect osteoporosis. BMD measurements can help to determine your particular bone status and prediction of fracture risk.

A DEXA scan uses a special x-ray unit to image for BMD and requires an extremely small dose of radiation, less than 1/20 the amount in a chest x-ray.

How should I prepare for the exam?

Please do not take any calcium supplements the day of the exam. For the exam, you will not need to remove any clothing, but we do suggest wearing comfortable clothing and avoiding any items containing metal.

What can I expect during the exam?

Your lower back and hip will be x-rayed. The procedure takes about 30 minutes, including time for you to ask questions.

What can I expect after the exam?

Once the radiologist evaluates your BMD as compared to individuals who are similar in age, weight, sex and ethnic background, your results will be sent to your physician for further review.

Will a DEXA scan be covered by my insurance?

Some insurance companies may require prior approval for a DEXA scan. Please check with your insurance company to determine if prior approval is required. If so, you can arrange this through your primary care physician.