Area: Radiology

Bone Densitometry or Dual-Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry (DEXA) uses a very small dose of ionizing radiation to produce pictures of the inside of the body (usually the lower spine and hips) to measure bone loss. It is commonly used to diagnose osteoporosis and to assess an individual’s risk for developing fractures. DEXA is

  • Simple
  • Quick
  • Non-invasive.
  • It is also the most accurate method for diagnosing osteoporosis.

How to prepare:

This exam requires little to no special preparation. Tell your doctor and the technologist:

  • If there is a possibility you are pregnant
  • If you recently had a barium exam
  • Received an injection of contrast material for a CT or radioisotope scan.

Leave jewellery at home and wear loose, comfortable clothing. You may be asked to wear a gown. You should not take calcium supplements for at least 24 hours before your exam.