Dual Emission X-Ray Absorptiometry (DEXA) is also referred to as Bone Mineral Densitometry.
This scan measures the level of certain minerals in bones to give an indication of the strength of bones and the likelihood of fracture or bone disintegration. Your doctor may suggest you undergo this scan to screen for indicators of osteoporosis (brittle bones).
Imaging performed with DEXA
- Bone Mineral Densitometry
Osteoporosis is a chronic and ‘silent’ disease because it usually shows no symptoms until a person has their first fracture. And about 50% of people with one bone fracture will have another – the risk of future fractures rises with each new fracture; known as ‘the cascade effect’.
The bones most likely to break or fracture are the hip, spine (vertebrae) and wrist; however any bone can be affected.
It’s essential that low bone density is identified early as it’s the best way to prevent the risk of fractures or repeat fractures.
The diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis begins with an objective measurement of your bone density. When doctors detect bone loss in the earliest stage, treatment is more successful.
- Body Composition Assessment
An Advanced Body Composition exam is a quick, low dose X-ray exam that measures the three main tissues of the human body: fatty tissue, lean tissue, and bone. It may help your health professional assess what level of exercise or intervention is needed to maintain a good ratio between fat and lean muscle mass.
All DEXA at Imaging Associates requires a referral from your GP or Specialist.