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Dexa Scan

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.