Osteodensitometry or DXA scanning

What is a DXA scan?

Osteodensitometry or DXA scanning is a method of determining bone density for patients at increased risk of osteoporosis developing. The test can also be used to assess Total Body Composition. It is painless, quick, and has low radiation exposure.


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In addition to being quick and painless, a DEXA scan is more effective than a normal x-ray when it comes to identifying low bone density. The DXA scan uses a minimal dose of radiation to measure bone density, muscle mass, and body fat percentage.

How does a DXA scan work?

During the scan, radioactive rays pass through the body. The radiation dose is extremely low, and the examination is painless and harmless.

The procedure takes between 5 and 30 minutes depending on which part of the body is analyzed. Due to the low levels of radiation, it can be done annually.

The results of the procedure are processed by computer software. In case of deviations, the specialist refers you to an endocrinologist or rheumatologist.

What is a DXA scan used for?

• The main function of a DXA scan is to diagnose patients with osteoporosis, a disease characterized by loss of bone density, resulting in bone fragility.
• It is also used to monitor the effect of osteoporosis treatment and to assess the risk of fractures.
• Gives extremely accurate information about body composition – fat, muscle, and bone. This information is used for both medical and training purposes and is extremely valuable in people suffering from obesity. The analysis of the values gives clear information about the potential risks of cardiovascular or metabolic diseases.