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Bone Densitometry (DXA Scan)

What is an X-ray?
An x-ray (radiograph) is a noninvasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions. Imaging with x-rays involves exposing a part of the Body to a small dose of ionizing radiation to produce pictures of the inside of the body. X-rays are the oldest and most frequently used form of medical imaging.

Why should I do it?
DXA is most often used to diagnose osteoporosis, a condition that often affects women after menopause but may also be found in men. Osteoporosis involves a Gradual loss of calcium, as well as structural changes, causing the bones to become thinner, more fragile and more likely to break.
DXA is also effective in tracking the effects of treatment for Osteoporosis and other conditions that cause bone loss.
The DXA test can also assess an individual's risk for developing fractures. The risk of fracture is affected by age, body weight, history Of prior fracture, family history of Osteoporotic fractures and life style issues such as cigarette smoking and excessive alcohol consumption. These factors are taken into consideration when Deciding if A patient needs therapy.
Any preparations needed?

  • Most x-ray examinations require no special preparation
  • You may be asked to remove some or all of your clothes during the exam.
  • You may also be asked to remove jewelry, removable dental appliances, eye glasses and any metal objects or clothing that might interfere with the x-ray Images.
  • Women should always inform their physician and x-ray technologist if there is any possibility that they are pregnant.
  • On the day of the exam you may eat normally. You should not take calcium supplements for at least 24 hours before your exam.
  • You should wear loose, comfortable clothing, avoiding garments that have zippers, belts or buttons made of metal.
  • Objects such as keys or wallets that would be in the area being scanned should be removed.
  • Women Inform your physician if you recently had a barium examination or have been injected with a contrast material for a computed tomography (CT) scan Or radioisotope scan. You may have to wait 10 to 14 days before undergoing a DXA test