DEXA Bone Densitometry

Osteoporosis (softening of the bones) is a disease that is gaining increased attention as more people live longer. It is not a condition that is limited to natural aging, however. In many instances it is associated with post-menopausal estrogen deficiency, secondary conditions that adversely impact bone metabolism and can sometimes even be traced to childhood, if environmental or clinical conditions impeded the development of peak bone mass.

The optimum way of diagnosing primary or secondary osteoporosis is with a bone mineral density assessment performed on a dual-energy x-ray absorption (DEXA) scanner. All women over 65 and men over 65 with low testosterone levels should be screened for osteoporosis.

Preparation

A DEXA exam is fast, inexpensive and requires no prior preparation. Clothing does not need to be removed. In advance of your exam, please let the patient representative, radiologist or technologist know if you have had an MRI or CT scan within one (1) week of your scheduled appointment.

If you are pregnant, please tell our patient representative.

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