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A DXA scan is a special type of  X-ray that measures bone mineral density (BMD).

DEXA stands for "dual energy X-ray absorptiometry". This type of scan may also be called:

  • a DXA scan
  • a bone density scan
  • a bone densitometry scan

DXA scans are often used to diagnose or assess someone's risk of osteoporosis, a condition that weakens bones and makes them more likely to break.

As well as being quick and painless, a DXA scan is more effective than normal X-rays in identifying low bone mineral density.

Your doctor has referred you for a Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry (DXA) Scan.

This information will explain what will happen before, during, and after this test and also answer any questions that you may have.

DXA Clinic Locations

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