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Bone Densitometry

The Archbold Women’s Center offers patients densitometry, also known as a DEXA scan or Dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry. The simple and painless procedure is the most accurate method for evaluating bone mass and detecting osteoporosis. Your physician will determine if you are a candidate for this test by assessing your risk factors.

How Dexa scan works

The test uses X-rays to measure how many grams of calcium and other bone minerals are packed into a segment of bone. The bones that are most commonly tested are in the spine, hip, and sometimes the forearm.

Why your doctor may recommend a bone density test

Doctors commonly use bone density testing to:

  • Identify decreases in bone density before you break a bone
  • Determine your risk of broken bones (fractures)
  • Confirm a diagnosis of osteoporosis
  • Monitor osteoporosis treatment

Your doctor may recommend a bone density test if you've:

  • Lost height recently
  • Fractured a bone
  • Taken certain drugs
  • Had a drop in hormone levels
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