New Bone Densitometry Machine

What is a DEXA scan (bone density test)?

DEXA stands for "dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry," and is considered the most accurate test for bone density. While standard x-rays show changes in bone density after about 40% of bone loss, a DEXA scan can detect changes after about a 1% change. A DEXA scan lasts about 10 minutes, and exposes the patient to less radiation than a standard chest x-ray (about the same amount of radiation exposure as taking a trans-continental flight).

Who is at risk for Osteoporosis?

  • If there is a family history of Osteoporosis
  • If you are Caucasian or Asian descent
  • If you are thin or small build
  • Smokers
  • Too much alcohol intake
  • Too little exercise
  • Too little calcium as a child or at the present time
  • A previous broken bone that resulted from a minor injury
  • Certain steroid medications
  • Menopause before age 45

Why have a Bone Densitometry test?

  • To confirm diagnosis of osteoporosis
  • To detect loss of bone density before a fracture occurs
  • To determine the rate of bone loss with repeated Bone density tests
  • To monitor the effects of treatment over time

Be informed a talk to your Healthcare Provider

MONTGOMERY GENERAL HOSPITAL

401 6th Avenue

Montgomery WV, 25136

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