Bone Densitometry (DEXA)
Dual energy x-ray absorptiometry, or DEXA, scans provide our office a quick assessment of your body's bone mineral density, which indicates the strength of your bones. When you come in for your DEXA scan, you will be asked to fill out a medical history form. Our receptionist and technician will be available to answer any questions and assist you with completing the form.
DEXA scans are painless and non-invasive. Many patients have even said they found them relaxing. While lying on a padded table, our DEXA technician moves the arm of the equipment to the mid-section of your body. A computer, which is interfaced with the equipment, prints out an image of the scanned area and your calculated bone mineral density.
During the procedure, which takes between 10-15 minutes, the technician gathers additional information about your current physical condition and lifestyle. A full report of test results is sent to your primary care physician in approximately one week.
Our office maintains a list of many of the insurance carriers that cover this procedure. Because carriers frequently change their reimbursement schedules, this list changes regularly. If you are unsure about the terms of your coverage, please call your carrier directly to find out if they cover dual energy x-ray absorptiometry for the medical evaluation of osteoporosis.