Bone density scans, also known as DEXA scans, are the most commonly used test to measure bone density. DEXA stands for ‘Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry.’ It is the best way to diagnose osteopenia or osteoporosis.
The National Osteoporosis Foundation’s guidelines state that the following people should get the DEXA test:
You should not have the test if:
DEXA Scans are used to measure bone mineral density because they:
This is a non-invasive test and requires very little preparation.
If you have additional questions about your appointment or our services, contact our Radiology Department at (906) 483-1410 or (800) 573-5001 (toll free).
We suggest visiting RadiologyInfo.org to learn more about specific procedures and what to expect. Check out the links below:
CT (Computed Tomography) Scan
MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)
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