Bone Density Measurement / Bone Density Scan (DEXA)
As woman age, the chances for osteoporosis and its crippling effects increase. A DEXA bone density test can let you know if you’re at risk for reduced bone strength.
Concerned about developing osteoporosis? ARYA STANA BONE & BREAST CARE offers DEXA (dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry) tests, which evaluate bone density in the spine and hips in just 15 minutes. The DEXA test is the most complete evaluation of bone density status, plus it minimizes radiation exposure and is less expensive than other methods.
A bone density test is a measurement of the density of the minerals in your bones. It is the single most useful procedure in the diagnosis of osteoporosis and evaluation of fracture risk. The lower your bone density the higher your risk of fracture.
If the test shows you have low bone mineral content, you can work with your doctor to take steps now to increase your bone strength and reduce your risk of fracture.
In addition to bone density measurements, is the growing use of the same technologies to identify Abdominal Aortic Calcification (AAC) and Advanced Body Composition Analysis for assessing obesity, cardiovascular and other metabolic disease.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a bone density scan?
A bone density scan measures the amount of bone mineral content in certain areas of the body. Our advanced Discovery technology measures the spine and both hips. Your bone mineral density (BMD) is then compared with reference standards to determine if you are at risk for fractures. Low bone density is usually caused by osteoporosis resulting in reduced bone strength or “brittle bones.”
Bone density scanning works by measuring the amount of x-rays that are absorbed by the bones in your body. The two x-ray energies allow the machine to differentiate between bone and soft tissue density, giving a very accurate estimation of bone density. Our radiologist will produce a report for your Doctor based on the bone density measurement and your medical history. Bone Density scanning has proven to be the most accurate methods of measuring bone density, uses the least amount of radiation, and is lower in cost than other methods.
Why is a bone density scan performed?
Osteoporosis is a silent, progressive disease that can have crippling effects on both women and men. Reduced bone strength/ bone mass can lead to fractures resulting in loss of mobility and independence. Osteoporosis is most commonly responsible for hip fractures. The DEXA scan will provide valuable information on your bone mineral density and will even predict future fracture risk. Your Doctor will use the bone density scan information to decide if treatment for low bone mineral content or osteoporosis is necessary.
What can I expect during a bone density scan?
Your examination may be the easiest medical test you will experience. Certified technologists with specialty training in bone densitometry will conduct the exam. You will be positioned on the exam table on your back while a scanner passes over one area of your skeleton, usually the lower spine and hip. You will not feel anything during the exam. Lie still. Breathe normally. Rest comfortably.
How long will my bone density scan take?
The actual scan lasts about 15 minutes.
Is bone density scanning safe?
ARYA STANA BONE & BREAST CARE utilises “Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry” (DEXA) technology which offers an extremely low x-ray dose.
The amount of radiation for a bone density scan is only a fraction of that received from a standard chest x-ray. It is comparable to the amount received on a transcontinental flight. The DEXA method produces less radiation than other methods such as QCT. Although DEXA emits a very low amount of radiation, always inform the technologist if there is a chance of pregnancy.
Do I need a referral to have my bone density examination?
You do not need your doctor to refer you for a bone density scan.
You can have one as a routine screening examination for osteoporosis especially if you are menopausal or post menopausal and you have a family history of osteoporosis.
When will I know the results of my examination?
A detailed DEXA bone density report will be given to you at the end of your consultation and sent to your referring Doctor. Your Doctor will discuss your results and treatment with you, if necessary.
What should I do to prepare for a bone density (DEXA) scan exam?
Do not take calcium supplements the day of the exam. Wear any kind of clothing you like, but please avoid metal buttons or buckles.
Where can I find additional information on the Internet about osteoporosis and about bone density (DEXA) scan exams?