Dexa Scan

 
Preparing for Your BONE DENSITOMETRY EXAM
  • Please wear comfortable clothing for your exam. You may eat, drink and take medications as usual unless you are advised differently. But, please refrain from taking any prescription or over-the-counter calcium supplements for 72 hours prior to the exam.
Following Your Visit
  • Our Radiologists will interpret your images and send a report directly to your doctor. Your doctor will communicate the results of your exam to you. We will send you a reminder card in one year.
What is Bone Densitometry?
  • Bone health has become an essential component to wellness. Bone Density scanning, also referred to as Dexa, is an enhanced form of X-ray technology that is used to measure bone loss. Dexa is most often used to diagnose osteoporosis, a condition that often affects women after menopause but may also be found in men. Osteoporosis involves a gradual loss in calcium, as well as structural changes, causing the bones to become thinner, more fragile and more likely to break.
What Happens During the Test?
  • During the test, the patient lies on a padded table while the system scans one or more areas of the body. The entire exam typically takes less than 30 minutes to complete and the patient remains fully clothed. Our densitometry unit provides highly precise and accurate axial measurement of bone density and identified bone loss at the major fracture sites (femur and spine) in just minutes.