Normal bone

Normal bone

Osteoporosis bone

Osteoporosis bone

Bone Densitometry

What is DEXA Bone Densitometry?

Bone loss after age 35 is a normal part of the aging process. However, for some women an increased loss of bone mass can result in fragile bones, physical deformity and pain, a condition known as osteoporosis. Bone densitometry or bone density testing is used to evaluate the degree of bone loss and can help you and your physician make decisions about your treatment.

DEXA stands for dual energy x-ray absorbitometry.

What is the difference between a bone density test and a bone scan?

A bone density examination is used to assess the mass of the hips and spine to determine if bone loss is taking place. A bone scan is a nuclear medicine study of the skeletal system. At Madison Radiology, we perform bone density testing. Your physician will refer you to the appropriate facility if you are in need of a bone scan.

Who will perform my bone density testing?

Our radiologic technologists, who are licensed by the State of Connecticut. They are registered with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, have completed a 2 year course of study and have passed a comprehensive examination. They have also received extensive training in order to administer bone density testing.

How is bone density testing performed?

A bone density test is a quick and painless procedure. You will lie on your back on a table. A scanner will pass over your spine and hips, taking pictures as it moves. These images are sent to a computer that analyzes the data and prints the results. The entire procedure takes about 15 minutes.

How do I prepare for a bone density test?

There is no special preparation needed for a bone density examination. You should wear comfortable clothing without any metal buttons, zippers or snaps.

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