What is A DEXA scan?
DEXA stands for dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry. It's 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. To discover more, contact Boston Direct Health in Boston, MA to book an appointment with family physician Dr. Steven Zivich.
DEXA Scan Reviews
"I don’t have a single negative thing to say about Dr. Zivich and his staff at BDH! Every visit has exceeded expectations in regards to friendliness, efficiency, and addressing the reason for my visit. Finding a PCP who genuinely cares about your health and makes you feel like you are more than just a number/appointment is HARD, and I couldn’t recommend BDH enough for their incredible staff and services. I have gone in for: rapid Covid testing, bloodwork, medication changes, physical ailments, and supplementation help. My boyfriend won some free Botox and spoke very highly of the appointment, which was scheduled promptly. That’s another thing- scheduling is so easy. You don’t have to wait weeks for your appointment which happens a lot with PCPs through MassGen/Brigham and other surrounding public healthcare providers. He is also now offering DEXA scans at a separate location, which is a valuable tool for weight loss patients and fitness enthusiasts, and DEXAs available in the New England area are few and far between. Thank you for everything you’ve done, Dr. Steve!"- C.F. / Google / Apr 05, 2021
How is a DEXA scan 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.
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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. Steven 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.