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Bone Density Testing (DEXA) is the best diagnostic tool to support the early detection and treatment of osteoporosis.
Who should have bone density testing:
- All women over age 65
- Any postmenopausal women under 65 years with one or more risk factors for osteoporosis (e.g., being thin, being a smoker, having a family history of fractures, using corticosteroids for longer than three months, or any serious high-risk condition, such as hyperthyroidism or malabsorption)
- Any older men or woman who suffers a fracture
Please check with your insurance company regarding coverage
What to expect when having a DEXA:
- You will be asked a series of question related to your health and habits
- Weight and height will be taken
- You will then be asked to lie on your back on the table
- The technologist will input your health history into the computer
- The technologist will position you and then the scan arm of the machine will pass over your body acquiring the images needed to assess your bone health
- A report is then sent to your referring physician
- Ultrasound scanning uses high frequency sound waves to capture images of structures inside the body. Ultrasound is also used to look at blood flow with in the vessels.
- Depending on which type of ultrasound you have different preparation is required.
For an ultrasound you will be asked to lie on an exam table, and expose the body part to be scanned. The technologist will apply a warm gel on the skin and then place a transducer firmly against your body, moving back and forth over the area of interest until they have captured all of the images needed. An exam can take anywhere from 30-60 minutes to perform.