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.


When preparing for a DEXA exam

A DEXA exam is fast, inexpensive and requires no prior preparation. In advance of your exam, please let the patient representative, radiologist or technologist know if you have had a contrast MRI or CT scan within one (1) week of your scheduled appointment.

Clothing does not need to be removed. We recommend wearing cotton clothing with no buttons, or zippers and avoid underwire bras. Should you prefer, a gown will be available.

If you are pregnant, please tell your doctor or a patient representative before your test.