DEXA - Bone Density Scan
To discover your risk of developing osteoporosis or breaking a bone, ask your doctor about getting a dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) scan at Adventist HealthCare Imaging.
What is a DEXA Bone Density Scan?
A DEXA Scan is a test that measures bone mineral density, providing information that helps you and your doctor protect your bone health.
Your doctor may recommend one or both of these low-radiation, painless procedures:
- Peripheral (p-DEXA) – Evaluates bone density in your forearm and helps reveal whether you need a central DEXA scan
- Central DEXA – Scans the hip and spine, the bones most likely to fracture if you have osteoporosis or osteopenia
Learn more about what happens during a bone density test.
How to Prepare for a DEXA Scan
Download our DEXA Scan Patient Guide for further information about what to expect, how to prepare, and what to bring the day of your screening.