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Bone DXA Scan

Osteoporosis is a systemic skeletal disease characterized by low bone mass, which in turn increase the risk for bone fracture.

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Osteoporosis is preventable and treatable

Osteoporosis is a bone disease that occurs when the body loses too much bone, makes too little bone or both. As a result, bones become weak and are at a higher risk of breaking. Osteoporosis is often called the “silent disease”, because it doesn’t produce symptoms until a fracture occurs.

People used to think that osteoporosis was an inevitable part of aging. The good news is we know a lot more about how to prevent, detect, and treat the disease. You are never too young or too old to take care of your bones! The diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis begins with an objective measurement of your current bone density called bone densitometry.

1 in 2 women and 1 in 4 men aged 50 and older will break a bone due to osteoporosis

National Osteoporosis Foundation,

What is bone densitometry?

Bone densitometry is a safe, accurate, and painless way to measure bone density. The bone density measurement is taken using a DXA system – DXA stands for Dual-Energy X-ray Absorptiometry. The DXA system takes an x-ray image and your results are compared to normal bone mineral density values based on your age, gender, and ethnicity to determine if you have high, normal, or low bone density. This information, combined with risk factors and previous fractures is used to determine your risk of future fractures.

Preparing for a bone density scan:

Unless instructed otherwise, eat normally on the day of the exam; but avoid taking calcium supplements for at least 24 hours prior to your appointment.

Wear loose, comfortable clothing. Sweat suits and other casual attire without zippers, buttons, grommets or any metal are preferred.

You should not have had a barium study, radioisotope injection, oral or intravenous contrast material from a CT scan or MRI within seven days prior to your DXA test.


What to expect during your bone density scan?

During a bone density exam with DXA, you will lay comfortably on a padded table while the DXA system scans two or more areas, usually the fracture prone hip and spine. Unlike typical x-ray machines, radiation exposure during bone density exams is extremely low. The entire process takes only three minutes to complete and it involves no injections or invasive procedures.

Please note that payment is due at the time of service as insurance is not accepted.


Am I at Increased risk of developing osteoporosis?

Are you…?

  • A post menopausal woman?
  • A man age 50 or older?
  • Have you recently broken a bone?

Are you…?

  • Light skinned.
  • Thin or small framed.
  • Approaching or past menopause.
  • Milk intolerant or have a low calcium intake.
  • Cigarette smoker.
  • Excessive alcohol intake.
  • Taking thyroid medication or steroid based drugs for asthma, arthritis or cancer.

Do you have…?

  • A family history of osteoporosis.
  • Chronic intestinal disorders.
  • A sedentary lifestyle.
  • Eating disorders.

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Preventable. Treatable. 

Osteoporosis prevention and treatment

There are steps you can take to prevent the development of osteoporosis. Even if you already have the disease, these measures, along with therapies prescribed at the center can help slow it’s progression.

  • Make calcium –rich foods a regular part of your diet, or consider calcium and Vitamin D supplements.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Don’s smoke.
  • Reduce intake of soft drinks and coffee.
  • Alcohol consumption in moderation.
  • Talk with the staff at CRMRS about testing for bone density and potential fractures.

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