Bone Density Scan (DEXA)

​A bone density scan (DEXA) uses X-ray technology to measure bone loss. It is used to diagnose osteoporosis, a condition that causes bones to lose density over time. The scan provides a reliable test for the effects of osteoporosis as well as other conditions that cause bone loss. It is also used to assess a patient’s risk for developing fractures. Depending on the part of the body being studied, the procedure usually takes between 10 to 20 minutes and is painless.

Your Exam

Once in the exam room, you will be positioned on a padded table. X-ray equipment will be located below you and an imaging device will be above. The detector will slowly pass over the area being examined, generating images on a screen. You must keep still and may be asked to hold your breath for a few seconds during the scan to reduce the possibility of a blurred image.

After Your Exam

Results from your DEXA scan will be delivered to your ordering physician in 1-2 business days. If you have any questions regarding your exam, please don’t hesitate to ask your technologist. It’s important to us that all your concerns and questions are thoroughly addressed at the time of your exam.