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Bone Density (DXA)

A DXA test measures your bone mineral density at your hip and spine which shows your doctor if you have osteoporosis or a less severe, but still problematic level of bone loss, called osteopenia.

A bone density test should be considered:

  • If you’re postmenopausal and at risk of osteoporosis
  • To assess your response to osteoporosis medications
  • If you have a condition called “primary hyperparathyroidism”
  • If you have certain spinal abnormalities that might indicate a fracture
  • If you’re on long-term corticosteroid therapy

What To Expect

  • We’ll give you a call before your appointment to talk through preparation instructions and your past imaging exams. 
  • Be sure to tell us if you are pregnant, nursing, or if there is a chance you may be pregnant. 
  • On the day of your exam, please arrive 15 minutes early for check-in. 
  • When you arrive, you will be led to a changing room and given a pair of scrubs to wear for your exam. You will be given a locker to store your clothes, and anything else you may have with you during your exam.
  • During the exam you will lie on a special table and the machine will measure your bone density.
  • When your scan is complete, you’ll be escorted back to the changing room so you can change out of the scrubs and back into your clothing.
  • Once you have changed, your appointment is complete. You do not need to check out with the front desk when you leave.
  • After the exam, your images will be sent electronically to one of our radiologists. This radiologist will review the information and send a report to your referring provider, typically within one to two business days.
  • You should follow up with your referring provider to discuss your results.