DEXA Scanning (Dual-Energy X-ray Absorptiomety) allows us to measure your bone mass and let you know if you’re at risk for osteoporosis. If you already have osteoporosis, DEXA enable us to monitor your response to treatment.
Your physician may ask you to have the test if you:
- Are a woman over 65
- Are a man over 70
- Have a history of hormone treatment
- Have experienced a significant loss of height
- Have a history of smoking
- Have a history of eating disorders, chronic rheumatoid arthritis, chronic kidney disease
- Have a significant family history of osteoporosis
The test is fast, painless, and precise. It measures the bone mineral content and density of your hip and spine—the bones that are most susceptible to fracture. The scan also compares your bone density to that of a healthy person of the same age and sex. This information can help you and your doctor decide what, if any, steps should be taken to improve your bone health.
There is no special preparation for this test.
In most cases, you will not need to undress. You will lie on a soft table while the scanner passes over your lower spine and hip.
Your physician will receive your result with a fracture index, which will take your history and risk factors into account along with the results of your imaging exam.
To schedule an appointment, call 518-580-2232.