DEXA bone density testing is a type of imaging test that uses a very small dose of ionizing radiation to capture pictures of your bones. It’s also known as bone densitometry because it’s used to measure bone density. This scan is the gold standard for diagnosing osteoporosis and bone fractures.
It’s ideal for anyone who has suffered a broken bone, a family history of bone-related issues, health conditions like arthritis or lupus, and is on certain medications that can impact bone strength and thickness.
When is bone density testing needed?
DEXA bone density testing is recommended when bone health needs to be accessed accurately. People with risk factors for osteoporosis, such as post-menopausal women without estrogen supplementation, men, smokers or former smokers, and those taking certain medications like Prednisone or other steroids, should undergo DEXA scans.
Additionally, individuals with a history of fractures, a family history of osteoporosis, or medical conditions impacting bone health may benefit from this testing.
DEXA scans are crucial for early detection and monitoring of bone loss, providing essential information for preventive measures and timely intervention to mitigate the risk of fractures and related complications.
How is bone density testing performed?
All DEXA scans are performed at Boston Direct Health’s imaging office just a few minutes away from our main practice in Boston, MA. The scan is very quick, easy, and comfortable. First, we’ll have you lie on a table and position you for your scan. You’ll need to hold very still for a few moments as the imaging device passes over your body. Once your scan is complete, you’ll be free to resume your day. We do ask that you avoid wearing jewelry or clothing that has metal buttons and zippers. If you take calcium supplements, these will need to be discontinued for at least 24 hours before your exam.
What are the benefits?
DEXA bone density testing is a painless and non-invasive procedure, involving minimal exposure to radiation—less than one-tenth of the radiation used in a chest X-ray.
At BDH, we utilize advanced DEXA scanning equipment equipped with the latest software to ensure precise diagnoses. This upgraded X-ray method surpasses the accuracy of a standard X-ray test and serves as the sole means to precisely diagnose and monitor patients experiencing significant bone loss. The test proves invaluable in detecting osteoporosis, a condition often asymptomatic until a fracture occurs. A Bone density scan enables early-stage diagnosis, allowing for prompt initiation of treatment to safeguard bone health.
Schedule bone density testing in Boston
A DEXA scan is the primary method used for diagnosing osteoporosis and other bone-related conditions. It’s fast, highly accurate, and does not cause pain. Primary care physician Dr. Steve Zivich is excited to offer premier imaging technology to his Boston Direct Health patients. To schedule your exam, contact our office in Boston, MA today at 617-304-1965 or click the button below.