Bone Density (DEXA)
What is Bone Density (DEXA)?
The DEXA test is easy, quick, and painless, and it’s one of the most
accurate and most common ways to measure bone mineral density. Bone density
exam can detect small changes in bone mass and can help diagnose osteoporosis
at its earliest stages.
Frequently asked questions:
What is a Bone Density used for?
The test is to prevent and treat osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is often called
a “silent disease” is a condition in which the body loses
bone at a rate faster than it can be replaced. It often occurs in women
after menopause, and those who have it are at increased risk of fractures,
loss of height, and developing a curved spine.
On the day of the exam calcium supplement or multiple vitamins should not
be taken. The calcium supplement that is not completely dissolved can
be interpreted as extra bone mineral causing inaccurate reading of the exam.
How long will the Bone Density exam take?
The test takes approximately fifteen minutes to complete. The patient is
instructed to lie on the table and the technologist placed a cushion under
the patients’ knees to comfort them during the exam. It is important
that the patient does not move during the scanning period and can relax
while getting their pictures taken.
Getting your results:
Your Bone Density images will be analyzed by a radiologist, a physician
who specializes in Bone density testing. The radiologist will send a signed
report which includes an interpretation of the image to your primary physician.
Your physician will receive your results soon after. At MMCSC we print
the exam results and place it in the patient’s permanent jacket.
Another copy is mailed to the referring physician along with the final report.
Our Team of Specialists:
Our board certified Radiologists are specially trained to diagnose and
interpret the images. At MMCSC the Radiography technologists are specially
trained in the theory and practice of Bone Density procedures and operate
the equipment used during the procedure. The technologists are board certified
(ARRT) and the MMCSC is fully accredited by the American College of Radiology.