Bone Density (DEXA)

Woman laying down for a bone density scanThe DEXA test is easy, quick, and painless, and it’s one of the most accurate and most common ways to measure bone mineral density. Bone density exam can detect small changes in bone mass and help diagnose osteoporosis at its earliest stages.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What Is a Bone Density Test Used for?

The test is to prevent and treat osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is often called a “silent disease” is a condition in which the body loses bone at a rate faster than it can be replaced. It often occurs in women after menopause, and those who have it are at increased risk of fractures, loss of height, and developing a curved spine.

How Do You Prepare?

On the day of the exam calcium supplement or multiple vitamins should not be taken. The calcium supplement that is not completely dissolved can be interpreted as extra bone mineral causing inaccurate reading of the exam.

How Long Will the Bone Density Exam Take?

The test takes approximately 15 minutes to complete. The patient is instructed to lie on the table and the technologist placed a cushion under the patients’ knees to comfort them during the exam. It is important that the patient does not move during the scanning period and can relax while getting their pictures taken.

How Do You Get Your Results?

Bone Density images will be analyzed by a radiologist, a physician who specializes in bone density testing. The radiologist will send a signed report which includes an interpretation of the image to your primary physician. Your physician will receive your results soon after. At MMCSC, we print the exam results and place it in the patient’s permanent jacket. Another copy is mailed to the referring physician along with the final report.

What Is Your Team Like?

Our board certified Radiologists are specially trained to diagnose and interpret the images. At MMCSC the Radiography technologists are specially trained in the theory and practice of Bone Density procedures and operate the equipment used during the procedure. The technologists are board certified (ARRT) and the MMCSC is fully accredited by the American College of Radiology.