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Bone Densitometry (DXA) at Radiology Associates of Norwood

Bone Densitometry At Radiology Associates of NorwoodBone density scanning is an enhanced form of x-ray technology that is used to measure bone loss. A bone density scan is today's standard for measuring bone mineral density.

Bone densitometry is most often performed on the lower spine and hips. It is used to diagnose osteoporosis, a condition that often affects women after menopause, but also effects men and rarely children. Osteoporosis involves a gradual loss of calcium as well as structural changes, causing the bones to become thinner, more fragile and more likely to break.

DXA is effective in tracking the effects of treatment for osteoporosis and other conditions that cause bone loss. The DXA test can also assess an individual's risk for developing fractures. The risk of fracture is affected by age, body weight, history of prior fracture, family history of osteoporosis, and life style issues such as smoking, and excessive alcohol consumption.

What to Expect During Your Exam

When you arrive for your bone density exam, our technologists will have you change into an exam gown. The technician will position you so the area of the body being studied is inside a special machine that contains a strong magnet. The exam takes about 20 minutes.

Tell your doctor if you have had a hip replacement or back surgery, with or without surgical hardware.

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