Bone Density Study
Who should have a DEXA exam?
- Women over 50 years old
- Postmenopausal women who have at least 1 additional risk factor (see list, right) or who have had a fracture
- Anyone considering osteoporosis therapy
- Women on prolonged hormone replacement therapy
Osteoporosis Risk Factors
- Advanced age
- History of bone fracture
- Low calcium diet
- Small thin frame
- Family history
- Ovaries removed
- Lung Screening
- Early menopause
- Lack of exercise
- Eating disorders
- Use steroids or anti-convulsant medication
- Use Alcohol and tobacco
What are the benefits of a DEXA scan?
Bone densitometry is a non-invasive, accurate and inexpensive way of detecting osteoporosis. The procedure takes approximately 15-30 minutes.
A bone densitometry scan:
- Can be beneficial for any age or gender
- Provides early detection that other tests miss
- Can measure multiple sites of the body to determine the most appropriate treatments
- Can estimate fracture risk
- Is easily administered with a low radiation dose
Preparation for a DEXA scan
- Do not take any calcium supplement for 24 hours prior to the scan
- No IV contrast, barium studies or nuclear medicine studies for three weeks prior to the scan
To schedule a DEXA scan or to get additional information about the procedure, please contact us.