The Archbold Women’s Center offers patients densitometry, also known as a DEXA scan or Dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry. The simple and painless procedure is the most accurate method for evaluating bone mass and detecting osteoporosis. Your physician will determine if you are a candidate for this test by assessing your risk factors.
How Dexa scan works
The test uses X-rays to measure how many grams of calcium and other bone minerals are packed into a segment of bone. The bones that are most commonly tested are in the spine, hip, and sometimes the forearm.
Why your doctor may recommend a bone density test
Doctors commonly use bone density testing to:
- Identify decreases in bone density before you break a bone
- Determine your risk of broken bones (fractures)
- Confirm a diagnosis of osteoporosis
- Monitor osteoporosis treatment
Your doctor may recommend a bone density test if you've:
- Lost height recently
- Fractured a bone
- Taken certain drugs
- Had a drop in hormone levels