A Bone Density exam is used in diagnosing Osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a disease in which bones become fragile and more likely to break or fracture. If left untreated, osteoporosis can progress painlessly until a fracture in the bone occurs. The areas where these fractures typically occur are in the hip, spine, and wrist. Hip and spine fractures can be severe and debilitating. Millions of men and women are at risk of Osteoporosis, with women being four times more likely than men to develop the disease. Bone Density exams (or DEXA Scans) have become an important tool in the fight against Osteoporosis, allowing early diagnosis of the disease and impacting patient care before symptoms develop.
About The Procedure
A Bone Density exam or DEXA Scan is quick, easy and painless. At the time of the exam, the patient will be asked to lie down on the scan table in a relaxed position. The patient is asked to wear comfortable clothing, so that disrobing is not necessary. The exam takes about 10 minutes. Our scanner is a full body scanner that passes over the spine and hip and measures the density of the bone. Results are then reviewed by one of our board certified radiologists and a report is forwarded to your physician.