Dexa Scan

Women's Imaging Services in South Jersey

Female Patient Undergoing A DEXA Scan With Female Technologist

What Is A DEXA Scan?

DEXA scans are a type of nuclear medicine study that measures bone mineral density in your body. A DEXA scan is a non-invasive study that provides high quality images of your bones to diagnose bone abnormalities such as osteoporosis.

What Are The Benefits Of A DEXA Scan?

DEXA scans are the most effective measure in detecting and monitoring osteoporosis. Over forty million Americans have or are at high risk for osteoporosis. With advances in treatment options and new early detections studies available, it is recommended that all women over the age of 65 schedule a DEXA scan. DEXA scans are non-invasive and typically take less than 30 minutes.

How Do I Prepare For A DEXA Scan?

There is no special preparation needed for a DEXA scan. Avoid taking any calcium supplements or antacids for 24 hours prior to your appointment. If you have recently had a contrast exam, nuclear medicine exam, or barium study within the last fourteen days, please inform your physician. On the day of your appointment, avoid wearing any clothes or accessories that contain metal such as belts, zippers, and jewelry.