Dexa Bone Densitometry
Bone Densitometry Test is also called Dual-Emission X-ray Absorptiometry (DEXA) which uses two different energy levels of X-ray beam to scan the human spine, hip or the whole body to calculate the bone density. Due to the different X-ray absorbability of various regions of bones, one’s bone density can therefore be calculated. Compared to other bone density examinations, DEXA is relatively fast, accurate and the radiation dose to patients is extremely low (it is equivalent to 1/10 of a chest x-ray). DEXA is widely accepted for diagnostic purposes.
Who needs a Bone Densitometry Test?
- Advanced age
- Women with early menopause
- Women after menopause
- Men with insufficient testosterone (level)
- Eating disorders
- Lack of exercises or sedentary
- Family history of osteoporosis
- Experiencing joint diseases
- Certain races (Eastern and Caucasian are more vulnerable to osteoporosis)
Procedure and Precautions:
- Patients will be asked to lie flat and still on the examination bed. This examination takes around 5 minutes.
- If there is a chance you could be pregnant, please inform our staff
- No specific preparation is needed for this examination.