Bone Densitometry (DEXA)
Dual-Energy X-ray Absorptiometry (DEXA) is a tool used for measuring bone density. DEXA calculates Bone Mineral Density (BMD), a measurement used to estimate bone strength and the likelihood of breakage and/or fracture.
What are some common uses of this exam?
- Aiding physicians in the diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis.
- Assessing an individual’s risk for developing fractures. Emphasis is placed on the spine and hips, which are weight-bearing areas that are more susceptible to fractures.
What should I expect during this exam?
- You will not have to change into a gown for this test if you wear loose, comfortable clothing without zippers or metal buttons.
- Low body weight
- Estrogen deficiency
- Early menopause
- Surgical removal of both ovaries
- Prolonged menopause
- Absence of a period for more than one year
- Low calcium intake
- Recurrent falls
- Low physical activity
- Poor health / frailty
JCIC technologists are experienced in high quality patient care. Communication with your technologist is vital in ensuring your comfort, as well as the attainment of quality diagnostic images.