Bone Density (DEXA Scan)
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.
The diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis begins with this objective, quantifiable measurement of your bone mass or bone density.
Dexa scans are available Monday-Friday between the hours of 8am and 5pm.
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.
DEXA is very safe. Unlike typical x-ray machines, radiation exposure during bone densitometry is extremely low. It involves no injections or invasive procedures.