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DEXA Bone Density Scan

Dual energy X-ray absorptiometry, or DEXA, uses X-rays with low-dose radiation to measure bone mineral density and assess the risk of fracture. The test can be used to scan the hip and the spine, which are more susceptible to fracture from osteoporosis.

The radiologists at Diagnostic Professionals, Inc. offer DEXA in Broward County, Florida to help detect and treat osteoporosis, as well as FRAX® (Fracture Risk Assessment Tool), a computerized system to evaluate a patient’s 10-year risk of fracture.

What is DEXA?

DEXA is recommended for women with risk factors for osteoporosis between the ages of 50 and 65, and for all women over the age of 65.

For DEXA, a patient lies down on an examining table, and the scanner rapidly directs X-ray energy from two different sources toward the bone being examined in an alternating fashion at a set frequency. The mineral density of the patient's bone either weakens or prolongs the transmission of these two sources of X-ray energy through a filter onto a counter in a degree related to the amount of bone mass present.

The greater the bone mineral density, the greater the signal picked up by the photon counter. The use of the two different X-ray energy sources greatly improves the precision and accuracy of the measurements.

How safe is DEXA?

The amount of radiation exposure used in the DEXA test is low, making DEXA a very safe procedure to help detect osteoporosis.

What will I experience during DEXA?

DEXA tests should not be done around the same time as a CT scan or nuclear medicine test where you’ve had contrast material injected, as this material might interfere with your DEXA test.

During the DEXA test, you’ll lie on the examining table while a mechanical arm passes over you, directing X-ray energy. The entire procedure only takes about 10 minutes.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of DEXA?

DEXA is non-invasive, requires no injections, and is painless. Since DEXA helps detect the possibility of fractures early on, this can help you begin osteoporosis treatments that can prevent these fractures from occurring.

Call DPI for a DEXA Scan in Broward County

For a DEXA bone mineral density scan in Broward County, Florida, call at Diagnostic Professionals, Inc. (DPI) at (954) 566-4551 today. You can also contact any of our four convenient locations, or use our online appointment request form and we will contact you.