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Live Operator: (626) 447-0035

Scheduling (626) 445-4850

Live Operator: (626) 447-0035

Scheduling (626) 445-4850

DEXA - Bone Density Study
DEXA - Bone Density Study

DEXA - Bone Density Study

Bone Densitometry is a non-invasive, accurate and inexpensive way of detecting osteoporosis and bone loss which increases the risk of hip and spine fractures.

DEXA - Bone Density Study

Quick, accurate detection of osteoporosis

A DEXA scan is currently the most widely used test in measuring bone mineral density. It is an important test in assessing the degree of bone thinning in osteoporosis. Bone loss increases the risk of hip and spine fractures.

A DEXA scan is highly recommended for women over age 65, as well as for women that are post menopausal, have had complete hysterectomies or those individuals who have suffered certain types or frequent bone fractures. Other risk factors that may warrant this scan are:

  • A family history of osteoporosis
  • A family history of hip fracture
  • Any fragility fracture after age 40

Osteoporosis in Men

Osteoporosis can also seriously impact men. Low estrogen puts men at risk for broken bones. Osteoporosis particularly affects prostate cancer patients whose estrogen production is suppressed.

What is DEXA?

Bone densitometry is a non-invasive, accurate and inexpensive way of detecting osteoporosis. The procedure takes approximately 15-30 minutes.

Preparing for DEXA

On the day of your DEXA study, you may eat normally, however, you should not take any calcium supplements for at least 24 hours before your exam.
You may be asked to remove any jewelry, eye glasses or other metal objects on your clothing because they may interfere with the x-ray images. It is best to come to our office dressed in loose, comfortable clothes.
Be sure to inform the technologist if there is any chance you may be pregnant or if you have recently had any other imaging exam where you were given a contrast material such as oral barium, an IV or if you've recently received a scan using a radioisotope.

During and After DEXA

During a DEXA scan, you will lie flat on a padded table. A camera will be moved above you and focused x-ray images will be taken of the hip and lower spine where fractures are most likely to occur. You will not see or feel anything during the exam.

After the exam, you can return to normal activity. One of Arcadia Radiology Medical Group's Radiologists will interpret the exam and report the findings to the patient's physician. The patient’s potential risk for Osteoporosis is expressed in two measurements or scores. The first is a T score that compares your bone mass with that of a healthy young adult. Any score above -1 is considered normal. A score between -1 and -2.5 indicates low bone mass or osteopenia, the precursor to osteoporosis. A score below -2.5 is defined as osteoporosis.

The second measurement is a Z score. This number compares your bone mass with other people in your age group. If this score is unusually high or low, your physician may recommend additional medical tests.