DEXA Bone densitometry
Osteoporosis (weakening of the bones) is a disease that is gaining increased attention as more people live longer. It is not a condition that is limited to natural aging, however. In many instances it is associated with post-menopausal estrogen deficiency, certain medications, secondary conditions that adversely impact bone metabolism and can sometimes even be traced to childhood.
A Dual-Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry (DEXA) test is a bone density test used to determine whether or not you have osteoporosis or low bone mass, which are conditions that commonly affect women after menopause and, in some cases, men. It is a fast, safe and painless test that measures bone strength and can predict your risk for bone fracture. DEXA may also be used as a follow-up procedure to monitor response to specific medications.
A DEXA scan can help identify patients who are at risk of a bone fracture due to weakening of the bones. All women over 65 and men over 65 with low testosterone levels should be screened for osteoporosis.