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Bone Densitometry

Regular exercise and good nutrition can help you live a long, healthy life. But if you’re not paying attention to your bones, life could be very uncomfortable. Osteoporosis, a disease characterized by low bone mass and structural deterioration of bone tissue, is a major threat for 28 million Americans.

What is Bone Densitometry?
 
Bone health has become an essential component to wellness. Bone Density scanning, also referred to as DEXA, is an enhanced form of     X-ray technology that is used to measure bone loss. DEXA is most often used to diagnose osteoporosis, a condition that often affects women after menopause but may also be found in men. Osteoporosis involves a gradual loss in calcium, as well as structural changes, causing the bones to become thinner, more fragile and more likely to break. 
 

Bone Density scanning, also referred to as DEXA, is an enhanced form of X-ray technology used to measure bone loss.

 
 
The Good News About Bone Densitometry

At the Women's Imaging Center at Cy-Fair Hospital, we offer bone densitometry - a simple test which measures your bone mass and bone loss. It may be the easiest medical examination you will ever have to undergo. There is no special preparation required, and the results provide your doctor with valuable information that may prove helpful in the prevention or treatment of osteoporosis. 
 
What Happens During the Test?
 
For most scans, you stay fully clothed. You will be asked to lay back on the exam table while the scanner runs over your body. During the exam, lie still, breathe normally and above all, rest comfortably. The bone densitometer uses only a minimal level of x-ray exposure to scan your bone tissue. On average, the actual exam lasts about 14 to 20 minutes.
Our densitometry unit provides highly precise and accurate axial measurement of bone density and identifies bone loss at the major fracture sites (femur and spine) in just minutes.
 
Preparing for Your Visit:
  • Please wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing for your exam. Avoid metal zippers, buckles or large buttons.
  • You may eat, drink and take medications as usual unless you are advised differently.  But, please refrain from taking any prescription or over-the-counter calcium supplements for 72 hours prior to the exam.

Following Your Visit:

  • Our Radiologists will interpret your images and send a report directly to your doctor.  Your doctor will communicate the results of your exam to you.
  • We will send you a reminder card in two years.