Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry (DEXA) Scan
What is a DEXA scan and what are some common uses of the procedure?
DEXA stands for Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry. It is the most commonly used test for measuring bone mineral density. It is one of the most accurate ways to diagnosis Osteopenia or Osteoporosis.
This test is so accurate that your follow up DEXA scan can be used to monitor your treatment to learn if your plan is working.
How should I prepare?
- If possible, please wear clothing free of buttons, zipper or snaps of any kind.
- The patient should not have had any contrast studies (Upper GI’s barium enemas, CT scans, etc.) or nuclear medicine studies within the last seven (7) days prior to appointment.
- Don’t worry; unlike an MRI, you’re completely out in the open, and the scanner is absolutely silent.
Unaccompanied children: Please do not bring children with you unless they are the patient scheduled for the exam. If adult patients must bring children with them, we do ask that another adult supervisory be available.