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Bone Density (DEXA)

Bone density scanning, also known as dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) or bone densitometry, is an enhanced form of x-ray technology that is used to measure bone loss. DEXA is today's established standard for measuring bone mineral density (BMD).

DEXA is used to determine the density of your bones. DEXA is most often performed on the lower spine and hips. Osteoporosis is a disease in which the body's bones become extremely porous and brittle. It is the leading cause of disability among older people, particularly elderly women. Bones weakened by mineral loss are prone to factures, especially in the spine and hip. Even though osteoporosis is typically believed to be an issue only for women, men are prone to developing the disease as well. It is important for patients to understand this disease in order to help prevent bone loss.

The National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) is one of the leading sources of information about osteoporosis and bone measurements.


How long does an exam take?

A bone density exam (also known as a DEXA exam) typically takes 20 to 30 minutes.


When will I have my results?

Bone density scanning, also known as dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) or bone densitometry, is an enhanced form of x-ray technology that is used to measure bone loss. DEXA is today's established standard for measuring bone mineral density (BMD).