Osteoporosis, which causes a gradual and debilitating weakening of the bones, affects millions of people and is responsible for almost one million fractures each year. The risks associated with osteoporosis become more serious for people over the age of 50. As with many diseases, early detection and management are critical for a favorable outcome and high quality of life.
What to expect
CarePoint Health uses the very latest technology, including a Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry (DEXA) densitometer, to measure bone density. This enables our physicians to make early diagnoses and recommend a personalized course of treatment.
- You will lie on your back on a flat, open X-ray table.
- You’ll need to keep very still during the scan so the images aren’t blurred.
- During the scan, a large scanning arm will be passed over your body to measure bone density in the center of the skeleton.
- As the scanning arm is moved slowly over your body, a narrow beam of low-dose X-rays will be passed through the part of your body being examined.
- The test usually takes about 10 to 30 minutes.
How to prepare for the exam
- No special preparations are needed before having a DEXA scan.
- You may be able to remain fully clothed, depending on the area of your body being scanned. However, you’ll need to remove any clothes that have metal fasteners, such as zips, hooks or buckles. In some cases, you may need to wear a gown.