DEXA Bone Densitometry
A Dual-Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry (DEXA) test is a bone density study used to determine whether or not you have osteoporosis or low bone mass, conditions that commonly affect women after menopause and, in some cases, men. It is a fast, safe and painless test that measures bone strength and can predict your risk for bone fracture. DEXA may also be used as a follow-up procedure to monitor response to specific medications.
Osteoporosis is a disease that is gaining increased attention as more people live longer, and with early detection, a number of treatments are available to maintain or improve bone density. All women over 65 and men over 65 with low testosterone levels should be screened for osteoporosis.