DEXA Bone Density Screenings measure the density of your
bones as well as offer the ability to monitor the rate of bone loss
(osteoporosis) and effectiveness of therapy. DEXA exams are painless,
non-invasive and completely safe. During a DEXA scan, you lie on a special
table while a mechanical detector arm passes over your body. Very low
doses of radiation (less than a standard chest X-ray) are used.
The results of the scan are compared to two standards known as “age-matched”
and “young normal”. The age-matched reading compares your bone density to
what is expected in someone of your age, sex and size. The young normal
reading compares your bone density to the optimal peak bone density of a healthy
young adult of the same sex.
Osteoporosis is a disease characterized by low bone mass
and structural deterioration of bone tissue. These factors can lead to
bone fragility and
an increased risk of fractures, especially of the hip, spine and wrist.
Likely Candidates for DEXA Screening
You are a likely candidate for DEXA screening if
- Are a female
- Have a thin and/or small frame
- Are of an advanced age
- Have a family history of osteoporosis
- Have estrogen deficiency as a result of menopause
- Have low lifetime calcium intake
- Use certain medications such as corticosteroids or
- Have an inactive lifestyle
- Are a cigarette smoker
- Excessively use alcohol
- Caucasian or Asian; although other ethnic groups are at risk as
DEXA Bone Density screening is performed at the Delnor Center for Breast
Health located in the 351 Medical Office Building.
Scheduling a DEXA scan at Delnor
To schedule a DEXA scan, call Central Scheduling at (630)762-6400.
physician order is required.