DEXA or DXA SCAN
Used to determine your risk of osteoporosis fracture, bone mineral density testing is a simple, painless test conducted in our state-of-the-art NJ facilities. At Kayal Osteoporosis Center, our orthopedic experts utilize industry-leading DEXA/DXA technology to measure bone loss and assess your response to osteoporosis treatment.
What is a bone density scan (DEXA or DXA)?
Also known as bone densitometry or dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry, DEXA is an advanced form of x-ray technology that compares the density of your lower spine, hips or entire body against established national standards.
Used in the diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis (bone disease), the DXA machine sends low-frequency x-rays through the body. Some energy is absorbed by the soft tissue, while other energy is absorbed by the bone. Kayal Osteoporosis Center uses high-tech equipment that compares soft tissue vs. bone absorption to accurately assess the remaining bone mass. In addition to measuring bone density, DXA testing indicates your risk for fracture and guides your NJ osteoporosis specialist in customizing a treatment plan.
How is DXA Scanning Performed?
Bone density testing is performed on an outpatient basis without anesthesia. The process is fast and non-invasive, and provides immediate results. Following the test, you will need to follow up with your Kayal Osteoporosis Center physician to discuss your diagnosis and explore appropriate treatment options.
Who Can Benefit from Bone Density Scanning?
Osteoporosis often impacts post-menopausal women, but men can also acquire bone disease. As the bones lose calcium and other minerals, they are more prone to fracture. BMD scanning, along with regular visits to our NJ osteoporosis practice, help you stay on top of the disease before it leads to pain and injury.
DEXA testing may be recommended for post-menopausal women, men who are clinically prone to bone loss, and patients who:
- Have a family history of osteoporosis, liver disease or type I diabetes
- Smoke regularly
- Have a history of hip fracture
- Use corticosteroids and other medications known to cause bone loss
- Have a thyroid or parathyroid condition
- Have visible signs of osteoporosis
Schedule Your NJ Bone Mineral Density Test Today
While DXA scanning is the most common way to measure BMD, Kayal Osteoporosis Center may also utilize CT scans, ultrasound or other types of x-ray to evaluate bone mass—depending upon your unique needs. To request an osteoporosis consultation with our NJ orthopedists, or to inquire about scheduling your outpatient DEXA test, call or email our NJ osteoporosis practice today.