Dual energy X-Ray absorption, commonly referred to as DEXA, is a radiology procedure that uses low levels of X-Ray to evaluate for signs of osteoporosis or other degenerative bone disease.
DEXA measures the mineral content in bone. Generally the study is focused on the spine, hip, or wrist. The patient lays on a custom X-Ray table and a specialized X-Ray arm moves over the area of interest. When the study is completed, the scanner translates the imaging into graphs and pictures that demonstrate the bone density of the scanned body part. Doctors use this information to help diagnose conditions like osteoporosis and osteopenia, or to monitor response to certain medication treatments.
At The Radiology Clinic we use the newest, most advanced DEXA technology from Hologic. Scans are quick, accurate, and quickly reported.