WHAT IS A DEXA SCAN
A DEXA Scan, also called a bone density scan, uses dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry. The x-rays pass through your bones and what is not absorbed is detected on the other side of the body. This allows doctors to determine the density of your bones. In turn it can help doctors diagnose osteoporosis and other conditions.
HOW DOES IT WORK
The scan lasts about five minutes and you will be able to go home after you’re done.
In most cases you will not have to wear a gown and can lie down on the scanner in your street clothes. The scanner is open, so you won’t feel claustrophobic. Once your body has been scanned, you’re good to go!
The scan is painless and noninvasive. One of our doctors will follow-up with you about your test results.
“A woman’s risk of fracture is equal to her combined risk of breast, uterine, and ovarian cancer.” - National Osteoporosis Foundation
According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, 50% of women and 25% of men over the age of 50 will break a bone as a result of Osteoporosis. Unfortunately, many are not diagnosed with Osteoporosis until after they break a bone. In fact, 80% of older Americans who have had a fracture are not treated or tested for Osteoporosis.
The DEXA scan is the only scan that can diagnose Osteoporosis before a fracture occurs. Treatment can prevent about half of the fractures caused by Osteoporosis. A DEXA Scan gives you the knowledge to own your health.