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.