DEXA (bone density)
Dual-emission X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA scans) is the most commonly used test to measure bone density. This test is used to determine whether a patient has osteoporosis or is at risk of osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a disease that causes bones to become more fragile and more likely to break.
DEXA scans can also be utilized to measure total body composition and fat content with a high degree of accuracy.
The DEXA scan uses X-rays to measure how many grams of calcium and other bone minerals are packed into a segment of bone. DEXA bone density test is better and more accurate than other. DEXA scans are more accurate than regular X-rays because a person would need to lose 20-30% of their bone density before it would show up on an X-ray. Additionally, DEXA scans require less radiation exposure than CAT scans or Radiographic Absorptiometry.
The DEXA scan is commonly performed in our office. If you are in need of one, call us today and set up your appointment.
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