Bone Densitometry (DEXA):
Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry (DEXA) is the most commonly used test for measuring bone mineral density. This test is recommended for women over the age of 65 and post-menopausal women who have high risk factors for osteoporosis. A DEXA scan uses low dose ionizing radiation and computers to measure the strength of your bones and calculate a personalized risk for fracture.
What should I wear?
You should wear loose comfortable clothing with no metal objects. (i.e. metal buttons, grommets, zippers, clasps, snaps etc.)
What can I expect?
The technologist will ask you to lie on a cushioned exam table during the examination and position your body according to the images being taken. The test should take 15-30 minutes.
How do I prepare for my exam?
There is no prep for DEXA scans.
Can I take prescribed medication?
Do not take any calcium supplements 48 hours prior to this test.
How will I feel after the exam?
Patients are able to resume normal activities immediately after testing.