Bone Density Scan (DEXA)

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A Bone Density scan is a medical imaging technique used to measure bone mineral density (BMD). It is commonly performed to diagnose osteoporosis or assess the risk of developing fractures. Bone Density scans are painless, non-invasive, and quick, and they involve minimal exposure to radiation, making them a safe and effective method for diagnosing bone-related conditions.

How It Works

During a Bone Density scan, the patient lies down on a table while a small, low-dose X-ray beam passes over the bones being examined, usually the spine, hip, or forearm. The amount of X-rays that pass through the bones and soft tissues is measured. By comparing the amount of X-rays that penetrate the bones to those that pass through surrounding tissues, the machine calculates the bone mineral density.

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Reasons for Bone Density Scan (DEXA)

DEXA scans, or Dual-Energy X-ray Absorptiometry scans, are primarily used to measure bone mineral density (BMD) and are commonly performed for several reasons:

  • Osteoporosis Screening and Diagnosis: Bone Density scans are frequently used to diagnose osteoporosis, a condition characterized by reduced bone density, making bones more susceptible to fractures. It helps assess the risk of fractures and guides treatment decisions.
  • Osteopenia Detection: Osteopenia is a condition where bone density is lower than normal but not low enough to be classified as osteoporosis. Bone Density scans can detect osteopenia, enabling early intervention to prevent further bone loss.
  • Fracture Risk Assessment: Bone Density scans assess the risk of fractures in postmenopausal women and older men, as well as in individuals with specific medical conditions or on certain medications that can affect bone health.
  • Monitoring Bone Health: Bone Density scans are used to monitor changes in bone density over time, especially in individuals undergoing treatment for osteoporosis or other bone-related conditions.
  • Evaluation of Bone Health in Specific Groups: Bone Density scans are recommended for individuals with certain risk factors, including postmenopausal women, men aged 50 and older, individuals with a family history of osteoporosis, those with a history of fractures, and individuals with specific medical conditions or medications that can affect bone density.
  • Assessment of Treatment Effectiveness: Bone Density scans are used to evaluate the effectiveness of osteoporosis medications and lifestyle changes on improving bone density and reducing fracture risk.

Regular scans are crucial for assessing and monitoring bone health, allowing healthcare providers to take preventive measures and prescribe appropriate treatments to reduce the risk of fractures and improve overall bone strength.

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Why Choose American Health Imaging

American Health Imaging (AHI) offers Bone Density Scans services at a cost savings of up to 60% compared to hospital-based imaging. We are in-network with 99% of insurance plans, providing you with a convenient and affordable option for diagnostic imaging. AHI offers Bone Density Scans at our Houston locations.

Do you need to schedule a Bone Density?

American Health Imaging offers same-day and next-day appointment options to make getting an imaging scan convenient. Get a referral from your doctor, find the American Health Imaging center closest to you, and then call to schedule an imaging appointment.