A bone density scan (DEXA scan) is used to measure your bone’s mineral density, typicallyused to diagnose and follow osteoporosis. A DEXA scan is simply two forms of x-rays that are used in contrast to provide a more detailed image of the bones.
Exam preparation: Do not take a calcium supplement or multi vitamin 12 hours prior to exam. There are is no additional preparation needed for this exam. We suggest that you wear comfortable clothing.
Notify a member of the imaging staff if you are nursing or if there is a chance you could be pregnant.
During the exam: During the exam you will be asked to lie on flat imaging table while the imaging tech performs the DEXA scan. This will typically last 15 minutes.
After your exam: After your appointment your scans will be sent to a radiologist for reading and then to referring physician. Your physician will contact you to discuss your scan results.