Bone Density Testing (DEXA)
Osteoporosis is a disease in which makes bones become fragile and weak and therefore more prone to fracture. Osteoporosis affects 54 million Americans, mostly women. Studies show that one in two women and one in four men age 50 and older will break a bone due to Osteoporosis. The condition is treatable and may be preventable. People need to know their risk for osteoporosis and talk to their doctors about diagnosis, prevention and treatment. There are two ways to find out if you have osteoporosis: by fracturing a bone or by getting a bone density test (DEXA).
Osteoporosis Risk Factors:
Who Should Undergo Bone Density Testing:
Prevention of Osteoporosis:
Before the exam:
- There is no special preparation. You may eat normally.
- There is no need to disrobe if you wear clothes without buttons, zippers or other metals. Loose-fitting clothes such as workout outfits, sweatpants, and sweatshirts are recommended.
- You should not have this exam if you have had any kind of barium study within the last week.
- You will be asked to fill out a questionnaire prior to your scan to help your radiologist in interpreting your bone density test.