Osteoporosis is a disease in which the body’s bones become extremely porous and brittle. This is especially common in women following menopause. Even though Osteoporosis is typically believed to be an issue only for women, men are prone to developing the disease as well. It is important for patients to understand this disease in order to help prevent bone loss. A bone densitometry (DEXA) evaluation is a proven means of assessing bone loss in patients.
This video explains what a DEXA scan is and shows you what to expect when undergoing a DEXA procedure.
Preparation for exam:
Depending on the area to be examined, preparation varies. Before the procedure, you may be asked to remove articles of clothing and/or jewelry.
No calcium supplements should be consumed the day of the exam.
Length of exam:
Length of exam varies from 10 – 20 minutes.
After your exam:
A Diversified Radiologist will interpret your images and a report will be sent to your referring physician usually within 24 hours of your exam.