DEXA scans are the most commonly used test to measure bone density. Your results from this test can be a great help as you monitor your Osteopenia treatment plan.
DEXA stands for ‘Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry’. It is the most commonly used test for measuring bone mineral density. It is one of the most accurate ways to diagnosis Osteopenia or Osteoporosis.
This test is so accurate that your follow up DEXA scan can be used to monitor your treatment to learn if your plan is working.
The National Osteoporosis Foundation’s guidelines state that women over 65, younger post menopausal women who have any of the osteoporosis risk factors , as well as those with specific fractures. However, men are also at risk for Osteoporosis as they age – especially if they have some of the causes of Osteopenia or Osteoporosis
DEXA Scans are more accurate than regular X-rays. A person would need to lose 20-30% of their bone density before it would show up on an X-ray.
DEXA Scans require less radiation exposure than CAT scans or Radiographic Absorptiometry. In fact you are exposed to more radiation on a coast to coast airline flight than you are during a DEXA scan.