Bone Density (DEXA Scan)
What is Bone Densitometry and how does it work?
Bone densitometry (Bone Density or DEXA for short) safely, accurately and painlessly measures bone density or mass and the mineral content of bone. During a comprehensive bone evaluation with Dual-Energy X-ray Absorptiometry: (DEXA), the patient lies comfortably on a padded table while a DEXA unit scans the spine and both hips.
What is the purpose of a Bone Density Scan?
The diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis begins with this objective, quantifiable measurement of your bone mass or bone density.
Where will the scan be done?
Your bone density scan will be performed in the Radiology Department of Unity Medical Center.
When is the Bone Density service provided?
Dexa scans are available Monday-Friday between the hours of 8am and 5pm.
How long will the scan take?
The procedure will last approximately 15-20 minutes. You will be able to remain clothed, but will be asked to remove any belts or metal objects.
How safe is DEXA?
DEXA is very safe. Unlike typical x-ray machines, radiation exposure during bone densitometry is extremely low. It involves no injections or invasive procedures.
Will the scan be covered by my insurance?
Bone Density Scans are covered by most insurances. However, it is best to call your insurance carrier in advance to find out if your scan will be covered.
To schedule a Bone Density Scan, please call Unity Medical Center at 701-352-1620