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Bone Density

A Better Bone Density Experience.

Convenience is important so we offer Bone Density exams at each of our locations and can often accommodate same-day exams and flexible scheduled appointments.

What is a Bone Density exam?

Bone Densitometry, also called dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry, DEXA or DXA, uses a very small dose of ionizing radiation to produce pictures of the inside of the body (usually the lumbar spine and hips) to measure bone mineral density or bone mass. It is commonly used to diagnose osteoporosis, to assess an individual’s risk for developing osteoporotic fractures. DEXA is simple, quick and noninvasive. It’s also the most commonly used and the most standard method for diagnosing osteoporosis.

This simple 10-minute procedure compares your bone density to that of the average bone density of a 30-year old healthy woman.

Your provider can use the results of your test to recommend treatment programs designed to slow down or even reverse the degenerative effects of osteoporosis. In this way, bone densitometry measurements are an important part of proactive treatment programs designed to prevent loss of bone mass and avoid debilitating bone fractures caused by osteoporosis.

Measurements of bone density can help with the following:

  • Detect osteoporosis before bone fractures occur
  • Predict your chances of future bone fractures
  • Determine your rate of bone loss
  • Monitor the effects of bone replacement therapy