Bone Densitometry/DEXA Scanning
Bone Densitometry or DEXA (Dual-Energy X-ray Absorptiometry) scan is a method of determining osteoporosis. DEXA is today's established standard for measuring bone mineral density (BMD). This procedure uses radiographic techniques of the hip and spine to measure bone loss. The DEXA test can also assess an individual's risk for developing fractures. It is a common procedure at our radiology practice, and more doctors are recommending this test for preventative purposes.
To prepare for the exam, do not take calcium supplements for at least 24 hours before the exam. You should eat normally and wear loose, comfortable clothing. You may also be asked to remove jewelry, eye glasses and any metal objects or clothing that might interfere with the x-ray images. Be sure to let our staff know if you recently had a barium examination or have been injected with a contrast material for a computed tomography (CT) scan, also known as a CAT scan, or radioisotope scan, as you might have to wait 10 to 14 days before undergoing a DEXA test.
Women should always inform their physician or X-ray technologist if there is any possibility that they are pregnant. Many imaging tests are not performed during a pregnancy due to the fact that radiation can be harmful to the fetus. If an X-ray is necessary, precautions can be taken to minimize radiation exposure to the baby.
At Open MRI and Diagnostic Imaging of Wall, our highly trained staff can perform DEXA testing in a warm, caring environment—and produce accurate analysis with a quick turnaround. We have provided comfortable and caring services for more than 50 years!
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