- DXA 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 of calcium, as well as structural changes, causing the bones to become thinner, more fragile and more likely to break.
- DXA is also effective in tracking the effects of treatment for Osteoporosis and other conditions that cause bone loss.
- The DXA test can also assess an individual’s risk for developing fractures.
Any preparations needed?
- No special preparation
- You may be asked to remove some or all of your clothes during the exam.
- You may also be asked to remove jewelry, removable dental appliances, eye glasses and any metal objects or clothing that might interfere with the x-ray Images.
- Women should always inform their physician and x-ray technologist if there is any possibility that they are pregnant.