Bone Densitometry/DEXA Scanning
Bone Densitometry or DEXA (Dual-Energy X-ray Absorptiometry) scanning is a method of determining your risk for Osteoporosis. DEXA is today's gold standard for measuring Bone Mineral Density (BMD).
Using these radiographic techniques of the hip and spine to measure bone loss, a DEXA scan can also assess an individual's risk for developing fractures. It is a common procedure at our office, with more and more doctors recommending this test for preventative purposes every day.
Preparation: Do not take calcium supplements for at least 24 hours before the exam. You should eat normally and wear loose, comfortable clothing. You may 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've recently had a barium examination or have been injected with contrast material for a CT (CAT) scan or radioisotope scan, as you might have to wait 10 to 14 days before undergoing a our DEXAscan.
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 staff performs DEXAtesting in a warm, caring environment—and produces accurate analysis with a quick turnaround. We have provided comfortable and caring services for more than 50 years!
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