DEXA/Bone Density Screening in Shelbyville
Helping Women Plan for Bone Health
Dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) is a method of measuring bone density
that uses two x-ray beams to gain a complete picture of bone composition
in a given area. Using two different images of the same area, this technology
is able to subtract the soft tissue within the bone and give a measurement
of minerals to determine its total strength and density. The imaging center
at Major Health Partners in Shelbyville can use this non-invasive scanning
procedure to check for osteoporosis and potential for fracture risk in
the spine and hips.
Who Should Have a Bone Density Screening?
These scans are generally recommended for postmenopausal women as well
as anyone over the age of 65. It is during these later years that risks
for bone fracture, rheumatoid arthritis, or osteoporosis can begin to
increase. As bones can also be weakened by smoking, excessive drinking
habits, corticosteroid drugs, and a deficiency in vitamin D, your doctor
may suggest that a patient undergoes a bone density scan if they meet
any of those criteria.
What Happens During a Bone Density Scan?
This procedure is painless and non-invasive. Patients will not need to
take any special supplements or change your eating habits, though it is
important to not wear clothing that contains any metal, including buttons,
zippers, and buckles. The scanner is situated about a foot above the body,
where it glides across to gain a complete picture of the patient’s
bone structure. Once the test is complete, the results—called a
T-score—are compared against a database of other young adult women
with healthy bone density.
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