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Bone density scanning, also called dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) or bone densitometry, is an enhanced form of x-ray technology that is used to measure bone loss or the presence of osteoporosis. DEXA is today's established standard for measuring bone mineral density (BMD). DEXA is most often performed on the lower spine and hips. In children and some adults, the whole body is sometimes scanned.
Who should get a DEXA Bone Density Scan for Osteoporosis?
DEXA Bone Density Scans are recommended if you have risk factors including:
• Women over age 65 and men over age 70
• Women under age 65 and men ages 50 - 70 who have risk factors such as:
• A fracture in any man or woman over age 50
• Chronic rheumatoid arthritis, chronic kidney disease, eating disorders
• Early menopause (either from natural causes or surgery)
• History of hormone treatment for prostate cancer or breast cancer
• Significant loss of height (Compression fractures of the back)
• Strong family history of osteoporosis
• Taking corticosteroid medications (prednisone, methylprednisolone) every day for more than 3 months
• Three or more drinks of alcohol per day on most days
How do I prepare for my DEXA Bone Density Scan?
Exam time for Bone DEXA Scan: approximately 30 minutes
To schedule a DEXA Bone Density Scan, call Scheduling Services at 719-776-8010.
For more information on The Center for Women's Imaging, call 719-776-5118.
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