Bone Densitometry

What is it? 

Bone Density or DEXA is the standard test for measuring bone mineral density (BMD). A DEXA scan is used to diagnose osteoporosis, assess the risk of fracture and monitor the response to treatment. The spine and hips are measured because that is where osteoporotic fractures occur most frequently. Osteoporosis is a disease that gradually weakens bones, leading to bone fragility and an increased chance of fractures 

How do I prepare? 

There is no preparation needed. You will be asked to lay on the table and an imaging arm will move above you. Your low back will be measured then your left hip. If you have had hip or back surgery or metal in either place your wrist will be used for measurement.  

When will I get my results? 

The exam will be read within 24 hours and the report will be sent to your provider. Please allow them time to review your results and they will call you or go over them at your return appointment.