Bone density scans, or dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DEXA), measure your bone strength. When you and your physician know the condition of your bones, you can create a care plan to protect your health and prevent fractures.
DEXA at Spectrum Health can help you and your doctor understand:
Your doctor may recommend this test to check your bone density if you are at high risk for osteoporosis because you:
Rest assured, DEXA scans are safe, simple and noninvasive. For most tests, you’ll lie on a table while an X-ray machine passes over your body. Another X-ray machine will pass below you.
Your test results will be available within 24 to 48 hours. We’ll share your results with the doctor who ordered your test. Your doctor will explain the results and help you decide next steps.
If your first DEXA scan shows that you have normal or below-normal bone density, schedule a follow-up scan within:
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