Bone densitometry or DXA uses very low dose radiation to measure bone mineral density (BMD). It is the most common and accurate test to diagnose osteopenia or osteoporosis and evaluate the likelihood of bone fractures. After completion of the exam, a radiologist will interpret the scores and send a report to your health care provider.
What to expect
You will be asked to complete a brief questionnaire.
The exam takes place on a padded table and will include a series of scans.
Preparing for your exam
Wear loose fitting clothing, preferably with no metal around the waist such as belts and zippers.
Do not take calcium supplements 24 hours prior to exam.