Bone Density - DEXA

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. DEXA is today's established standard for measuring bone mineral density (BMD).

Bone Density Scanning measures the mineral density of certain bones in your body and compares the density with data to determine whether you have bone mineral loss greater than expected for your particular age, gender, and race. Typically, the exam takes about 10 minutes. The technician will scan your lower spine (Lumbar vertebrae) and both of your hips (Femoral heads). If you have had back or hip surgery resulting in hardware being placed, let us know. We will scan an alternate area for bone mineral density.

Having a successful exam

Please wear clothing with no metal snaps, buttons, or zippers.

Exam Preparation

Please wear comfortable clothing. Avoid wearing pants with metal snaps, zippers, or belts. If you must, then you will be required to change into a gown prior to the exam.