Bone Density (DEXA)

A bone density test uses X-rays to determine the strength of bones by measuring how many grams of calcium and other minerals are in a segment of bone. It is the most accurate method available for the diagnosis of osteoporosis and can help predict if a patient is at risk for fractures.

Testing is generally recommended for:

  • Adults with a medical condition or medication history associated with bone loss
  • Women over age 65 regardless of additional risk factors
  • Young post-menopausal women with at least one risk factor
  • Post-menopausal women with a fracture
  • Women undergoing or considering treatment for osteoporosisbone density patient and nurse practitioner

Having a bone density test is painless, safe and simple. The patient lies on a table on his or her back while the machine scans and measures the bone density in the hip and spine. The scan takes only a few minutes, and a board certified radiologist specializing in bone density will review the scan. Results are given to the patient before he or she leaves.

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