What Is Bone Densitometry?
Bone density scanning, also called dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA) is an advanced form of x-ray technology that is used to measure bone loss. DXA is today’s established standard for measuring bone mineral density (BMD). A Bone density scan is used to assess the strength of the bones, the possibility of fracture, or in assessing the risk of osteoporosis.
At DOI we have a brand new, Hologic Discovery CI bone densitometer scanner; which is the latest technology.
Why Would I Need A DXA Scan?
As we age our bones can become brittle and porous. Osteoporosis is a disease in which the body’s bones become extremely porous and brittle and is a leading cause of disability among the elderly, particularly women. Bones weakened by mineral loss are prone to fractures, especially in the spine and hip. This is especially common in women following menopause. Even though Osteoporosis is typically believed to be an issue only for women, men are prone to developing the disease as well.
Preparation for Bone Densitometry
Metal in the area to be scanned should be removed prior to the exam by your physician. Please DO NO take calcium supplements the day of your exam. Comfortable clothing is recommended, and as always please bring your orders, insurance card, and identification.
The exam takes 20-30 minutes.
After your exam, the radiologist will review your images and a report will be sent directly to your physician. Reports are available within 24 to 72 hours.