Used to detect osteoporosis, bone densitometry – also known as bone DEXA (Dual Energy X-ray Absorpitometry) – is a safe, accurate test for measuring bone mineral content. At Hunterdon Radiological Associates, our bone density scans are noninvasive, painless and can be completed in about 20 minutes. To schedule an appointment, call us today at 908-237-5395.
When Are Bone Density Tests Needed?
Each year, more than 1.5 million women face osteoporosis-related fractures across the nation. Per the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, bone densitometry tests are recommended for all women ages 65 and older, those with a higher-than-normal chance of fracture for their age and others with certain risk factors, such as:
Family history of osteoporosis
Small body frame
Excessive use of alcohol
Low dietary intake of calcium
Chronic liver disease
Intestinal or hormonal disorders
What to Expect
Performed at our Brems Imaging Center – a freestanding medical diagnostic imaging center located at 1 Dogwood Dr. in Annandale, NJ – bone densitometry is a noninvasive procedure. During the exam, you’ll be asked to lie on a bone DEXA table. A scanner will move over the areas of concern, usually the lower spine and left hip, using two low-dose X-ray beams. After this 20-minute process, the computer will be able to determine bone mineral density. The lesser the bone mineral content, the higher risk of fractures.
Following your exam, you’ll be able to return to normal activities, and a report will be sent to your primary care physician.
Bone Density Scans at Hunterdon Radiological Associates