Bone Density Scan

To assist in diagnosing low bone density, physicians may prescribe a DXA scan.

A DXA bone density scan is a quick, painless procedure that scans an area of your body. You lie flat on your back on an open table during a DXA scan, unlike the confinement some people experience with an MRI. There is no anesthesia required, and the amount of radiation used is extremely small. You are able to resume normal activities after a DXA scan.

This examination estimates the amount of bone mineral content in specific areas of the body, including the spine, hip and wrists. DXA scans can diagnose osteoporosis and other conditions that cause bone loss. A DXA scan is the gold standard for measuring Body Mass Index (BMI), but is used for many other purposes, and is recommended for certain individuals who:

  • Are using medications known to cause bone loss.
  • Have type 1 diabetes, liver disease, kidney disease, or family history of osteoporosis.
  • Have hyperthyroidism.
  • Have hyperparathyroidism.
  • Have had broken bones or fractures after minimal impact.
  • Have x-ray evidence of osteoporosis.
  • Post-menopausal women who are tall and thin.
  • Post-menopausal women who are not taking estrogen.
  • People with a personal or maternal history of hip fracture.
  • Elderly patients who have lost more than an inch of height

Osteoporosis is a disease that affects more than 28 million Americans and lowers bone density causing brittle bones, reduced bone strength, dowager’s hump and other physical deformities. DXA scans can diagnose osteoporosis so that your doctor can prescribe the appropriate treatment. You will be given a score that compares your results with a young adult with peak bone mass. This is called your T-score and is used to evaluate your risk of developing a fracture. Your Z-score compares your bone density to other people in your age and gender group; if your result is unusually high or low it can indicate a problem. Many insurance providers will pay for annual bone density testing if a patient meets certain criteria. Servant Medical Imaging is proud to offer DXA bone density testing at our Broken Arrow location-schedule an appointment today!