DEXA (dual energy x-ray absorptiometry) is an exam that estimates bone density in specific areas of the body using special x-ray technology.

Your doctor may ask that you have a DEXA scan in order to:

- Assess overall bone health

- Determine risk for bone fractures or osteoporosis

- Diagnose osteoporosis

Who needs a DEXA Scan?

DEXA examinations are performed most often on post-menopausal women; however, in some cases men and children will also undergo the exam.

What to Expect:

- You will be asked to lie very still on the padded scan table, while breathing normally as the scanner arm passes over the area of interest.

- An exam usually consists of a spine and a single hip scan

- It takes about 20 minutes to perform the exam

- During the exam you will be exposed to a very small dose of radiation, less than that of a chest x-ray

- DEXA exams are quicksimple and painless. Here are a couple of things you don’t have to worry about:

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