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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.

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