||DEXA Bone Densitometry
DEXA is an advanced technology that safely, accurately and painlessly measures bone density and mineral content in order to determine the risk of developing osteoporosis.
Approximately 50% of women over age 50 are at risk of sustaining an osteoporotic fracture. With DEXA, doctors are better equipped to detect and treat bone loss in its earliest stages, so as to prevent the disease or lessen its impact.
At Signet Diagnostic, we employ the very latest bone densitometry equipment. During a comprehensive DEXA evaluation, a dual energy beam scans one or more areas, usually the fracture-prone hip or spine. It measures the amount of x-rays that are absorbed by the bones in the body. The two x-ray energies allow the machine to differentiate between bone and soft tissue, giving an accurate estimation of bone density.
Bone Mineral Density (BMD) is calculated and compared to normal BMD values, matched for age and sex, to confirm or exclude osteoporosis. A low BMD may predict the likelihood of developing osteoporosis and can help determine a proactive treatment plan.
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