Bone Densitometry/DEXA test
Osteoporosis is a disease that affects 28 million Americans. Women are affected 4 times more than men. The Bone Density Test, also called densitometry (DEXA) scan, is to determine the mineral density in your bones. It uses special X-rays to determine your actual bone mass. Results can show whether you have osteoporosis, which is preventable. The test is painless, quick, non-invasive, and requires no preparation.
Preparations for the test
Getting a DEXA test doesn’t require any special preparation. You don’t even have to undress. The DEXA scan machine passes over your body, reading your bone density in different areas. Your doctor can explain the results to you.
If you are already being treated for osteoporosis, your doctor may order a DEXA test to see how you’re doing. A follow-up test may be done about 1-2 years after an initial DEXA scan.