Bone Density (DEXA) Scan in Gainesville, TX
What is a Bone Density (DEXA) Test?
A bone density test, or dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry, measures the bones’ thickness throughout the body, emphasizing the hips and the spine. A bone density test is the only test that can diagnose osteoporosis or brittle bone disease. Osteoporosis, a mild form of osteoporosis and places the patient at high-risk for bone fractures.
This helps to monitor patients over 50-years of age for osteoporosis, especially if there was a recent fracture. The results of this help the physician determine what treatment plan to initiate.
The patient should speak with their doctor about ordering a DEXA Test if they have never had one before. The first test is the baseline. After the first test, the doctor may order a test every year or two to five years to monitor the bones’ density.
Just before testing, the technician directs you to a table to lay down. The technician places a comfortable riser under the knees. When you and the technician are ready, a bone-density scanner moves slowly from your head to toes and back.
The scanner does not touch your body. However, this scanner may release a shallow level of rad
When Does a Doctor Typically Prescribe a Bone Density (DEXA) Test?
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How is a Bone Density Test Scheduled?
1900 Hospital Blvd
Gainesville, TX 76240
Hours of operation:
24-hour inpatient service, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday-Friday for outpatient procedures.