Osteoporosis Testing

The Archbold Women’s Center offers patients densitometry, also known as a Dexa scan or Dexa Bone Mass Densitometry. 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