Bone Density Exams (DEXA)
A Bone Density Exam or DEXA (Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry), is a test to
determine the presence of osteoporosis. This test measures your bone
mineral density or bone mass. Test results
will help your doctor determine if you need to take specific
steps to protect your bone health.
The bone density test is simple and painless and involves very little
radiation (1/10 the dosage of a chest x-ray).
Preparing for the test:
- Wear elastic waist pants. Be sure to avoid clothes
with zippers, buttons and metal.
- Do not take a
calcium supplement the day of the test.
- Do not have
any x-ray contrast exams one week prior to the test.
During the Test:
- It is important to relax
during the test, lie still and breathe normally.
- The test will
last approximately five to ten minutes.
- A physician must order the test for you.
- Your test result will be sent to the doctor who ordered the test.
- Your physician will share the test reults with you.
Osteoporosis is a disease that reduces the strength of your bones,
causing them to become brittle and prone to fractures. After age 50, women
have a 40 percent lifetime risk of suffering a fracture related to
osteoporosis. The Mercy Arthritis and Osteoporosis Center is a leader in the
fight for prevention and treatment of osteoporosis, the disease that causes
this all-too-common problem.
Today there are a variety of effective ways to manage osteoporosis. Early
detection using a Bone Density test is the best way to protect yourself from
the debilitating effects of this condition.
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