A bone mineral density test (DEXA Scan) is used to determine your bone density. This test can detect osteoporosis before fractures occur.
Osteoporosis is a disease that causes bones to become thin, porous, and more likely to fracture or break. It is called a “silent disease" because typically there are no symptoms. People may not know they have osteoporosis until they have a fracture or until the disease is detected by a bone mineral density test.
A bone mineral density test can predict your chances of having a fracture and can monitor the effects of your treatment for osteoporosis. When conducted over time a it can determine your rate of bone loss.
How to prepare for your DEXA Scan:
- Three days prior to your scheduled DEXA avoid CT Scans and MRI tests.
- On the day of your DEXA Scan do not take your calcium pills or any multi-vitamin with calcium in it.
- Wear clothing without zippers and metal buttons.