Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry (DEXA)
Bone densitometry testing is a highly effective method for measuring bone mass or density. It is also an effective diagnostic tool for determining osteoporosis, a disease that results in the thinning of the bones. Patients lie on a cushioned table for hip and lower back scans. The scans are produced by a beam of radiation the size of a pencil lead. Even minimal loss of bone density can be determined. The resulting measurements allow physicians to diagnose and treat osteoporosis.
Please report to Admitting/Registration 15 minutes prior to your Radiology appointment.
- Always notify the technologist if you are pregnant.
- Patient may eat or drink as usual.
- Do not take any calcium supplements for 24 hours before the exam.
- Do not wear clothing with metal such as zippers, snaps, buttons, or buckles.
- Do not wear any jewelry.