Bone Density Scan

What is a Bone Density Scan?

A bone densitometry or (DEXA), a dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry, is the most accurate evaluation available for measuring bone material density. Using a small amount of radiation, an x-ray is taken of your lower spine and hip. During the exam, patients are asked to lie on the table and breathe normally. As the scanner travels over your spine or hip, a dual beam of low energy x-ray passes through your body capturing images to provide a measurement of your bone mass.

Why do I need one?

Bone Density scans are performed to determine risk for developing osteopenia and osteoporosis. Both are conditions in which the bone density has declined, making bones fragile and prone to fractures. Osteoporosis is a potentially crippling disease for patients yet, if identified early, it is one of the most preventative diseases today. Bone density scans are also used to help physicians track the effectiveness of treatment for patients diagnosed with osteoporosis or other medical conditions that cause bone loss or weakening.

Once your bone density scan has been completed, interpretations are performed by board certified, subspecialty trained radiologists. Image readings will be sent to your referring provider who will then contact you with your results or schedule a follow-up consultation.