Bone Densitometry (DXA)

Bone Densitometry (DXA) is a non-invasive low-dose x-ray that measures the mineral density (BMD). Our expert Radiologist will compare your individual results with the average BMD for people of the same sex and race of a young adult at the peak of their BMD. Your physician will be able to determine if you need to take any additional steps to safeguard your bone health.

Around age 30, most people have reached their peak bone mass density. Factors that contribute to bone loss are a small body frame, menopause, smoking, a diet low in calcium, not exercising, and low testosterone levels. In addition, corticosteroids prescribed for arthritis, asthma, Crohn disease, inflammatory bowel disease and lupus can contribute to bone loss.

Both men and women are at risk for bone loss. Women usually begin bone loss at a younger age than men, but by the average man reaches 65, the risk on bone loss for men equals that of women.

A Bone Densitometry Exam at Baptist M&S Imaging will determine how strong your bones are, if you are prone to fractures, and your bone loss. The Dual-Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry (DXA), is the “gold standard” in bone density testing and takes only 15-20 minutes. Please wear comfortable clothing without metal zippers, buttons, or snaps, and let us know in advance if you are pregnant.