Bone Density (DEXA)

Dual-Energy X-ray Absorptiometry (DEXA or DXA) is a means of  measuring bone mineral density.  The patient lies on a padded bed while the X-ray arm moves slowly over them.  Results are scored by means of a geographical average, to determine risk of osteoporosis or osteopenia.  DEXA studies are recommended for all women over the age of 65 or those women with increased risk factors.  Ask your physician if these tests are right for you.

Medicare recipients are usually eligible for DEXA screenings every 24 months.  Other insurance eligibility varies, so please call to determine your coverage.  You can reach our scheduling department at 407-841-0822 if you have questions regarding your eligibility.

The results of your DEXA exam are faxed to your doctor.  Please ask your doctor about the results of any diagnostic test.

PREPARATION

  • This is a non-invasive test and requires little preparation.
  • Wear comfortable 2 piece outfit with no metal zippers or metal buttons, such as a jogging suit or a sweatsuit. Metal jewelry will need to be removed before the test.
  • Please leave valuables at home if possible.
  • Let the technician know if you have had any hip or back surgery.
  • Please let us know if you are, or think you may be, pregnant.
  • If you have had a barium enema, CT scan with contrast, or other Nuclear Medicine study within the week before your exam, please let us know.

PLEASE DO NOT TAKE CALCIUM SUPPLEMENTS OR VITAMINS ON THE DAY OF YOUR EXAM

Please complete the Osteoporosis Risk Survey before your appointment.  You can download the online form here

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