Bone Density Measurement/DEXA
DEXA stands for Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry.
Bone density scanning is a simple and pain free way to assess bone mineral density, risk for fracture and response to treatment.
DEXA is the most accurate and advanced technique now available and uses a very small dose of radiation.
The bone density test measures bone density in your spine, hip and wrist. These are the most common sites of fracture due to
Osteoporosis, a disease characterized by the loss of bone mass. A comparison is made of your bone density and two standards known as “age matched” and “young normal”.
The age matched reading compares your bone density to what is expected in someone your age, sex and size. The young normal reading compares your density to the estimated
peak bone density of a healthy young adult of the same sex.
The information from a bone density test enables your doctor to identify whether you are at
risk for fractures: generally, the lower your bone density, the higher your risk for fracture. This information will help you and your doctor decide
the best course of action for your bone health.