Bone Densitometry examinations, also called DEXASCAN, measure the mineral content of the bone. A dual energy beam of very low dose x-ray passes through the area being examined. The detectors then compare the amount of x-rays adsorbed by the bone to the amount absorbed by non-bony tissues of the body. DEXASCANS provide a measurement of the bone mineral density so our physician can determine if you are at risk of developing or have osteoporosis. DEXA scanning has been proven to be the most accurate method of measuring bone density. It uses the least amount of radiation and most cost effective test.
What to Expect
The DEXA scan is fast, painless and non-invasive. The Patient will be asked to lie flat on a padded table while the machine scans over areas of the body
How to Prepare
Do not take any calcium products for at least 24 hours prior to the examination. Wear loose, comfortable clothing, preferably without zippers, buttons, or any metal fasteners. Sweat suits are preferred.
How to find out the results
Your test will be reviewed by a radiologist specially trained in this type of procedure. He or She will report the results to your physician. You should contact the physician who sent you to us to obtain the results.