DEXA Scans for Osteoporosis
To detect osteoporosis accurately, doctors use an enhanced form of x-ray technology called dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA or DEXA). DEXA bone densitometry is today's established standard for measuring bone mineral density (BMD). DEXA is a quick, painless procedure for measuring bone loss.
Osteoporosis involves a gradual loss of calcium, causing the bones to become thinner, more fragile and more likely to break. The DEXA test can also assess your risk for developing fractures. It is recommended that on the day of the exam, eat normally, but don't take calcium supplements for at least 24 hours beforehand.
The DEXA scan can be done via a mobile truck that comes to Cheyenne County Hospital, just visit with your provider.
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