Bone Densitometry (DEXA)
Bone Densitometry (DEXA) is currently the most widely used method for measuring the structural integrity of bones. A DEXA scan documents small changes in your bone mass and is most often used to diagnose osteoporosis, a condition that often affects women after menopause but may also be found in men and younger women.
The evaluation of bone health has become an essential component of your personal wellness.
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How does DEXA work?
During a DEXA exam the patient lies face up, on a comfortably padded table.
For the test to be accurate, you will need to remain as still as possible during the exam, but will be able to breathe normally. Scanning the spine and femur, sites where fractures occur most often, is considered the standard examination for assessment of osteoporosis. You will not feel anything during the exam as the scanner passes over your lower spine, hip or forearm. The entire test takes only a few minutes to complete. It is a non-invasive procedure that is painless and requires no injections.
Eat normally on the day of the exam, but avoid calcium and vitamin D supplements for at least 48 hours beforehand. If possible, avoid wearing clothing with metal items (buttons, zippers, etc.).
Please inform your physician if you recently had a barium study, a nuclear medicine or oral/intravenous contrast material (such as for an MRI or CT scan). These contrast materials will interfere with the DEXA examination. You may have to wait 10 to 14 days before undergoing your exam. Women should always inform their physician and DEXA Technologist, if there is a possibility they are pregnant.
Common Risk Factors for Osteoporosis
- Being female
- Thin and / or small frame
- Advanced age
- Family history of osteoporosis
- Postmenopausal, including early or surgically induced menopause
- Abnormal absence of menstrual periods
- Eating disorders
- A diet low in calcium
- Use of certain medications, such a steroids
- Low testosterone in men
- Inactive life-style
- Cigarette smoking
- Excessive use of alcohol
Denville Diagnostics’ Bone Denisty
The GE iDXA bone densitometer is the same machine that is used at the Mayo Clinic. This top of the line machine also performs Total Body Composition which measures fat percentage in different regions of the body.
Product features that accommodate a large number of patient sizes and conditions
- A large scan window and high arm height accommodate patients up to 450 lbs
- Full suite of bone health applications including BMD, vertebral fracture assessment, pediatrics, orthopedics and more
- Body composition analysis including visceral fat quantification