Bone Density Scan (DEXA)

couple_older_3.jpgOsteoporosis is a preventable and treatable disease that is characterized by the thinning and weakening of your bones, causing them to become more fragile. This “silent disease” is more common among older women, but can occur in anyone at any age.

While there are no warning signs or symptoms, early detection is very important in the treatment of osteoporosis. A Dual X-ray Absorptiometry (DEXA) scan is integral in diagnosing, or determining the potential development of osteoporosis in all our patients – both women and men. The scan typically takes 10 to 20 minutes and is completely painless.

Bone density test results are usually returned as a series of numbers: a T Score and a Z Score.

  • The T Score will tell you how dense your bones are compared to an average healthy young adult, of the same sex – when bone density is usually the strongest.
  • The Z Score will tell you the density of your bones compared to the average density of people in your age group.

A normal T score is -1.0 or higher. A T score of -2.5 or lower indicates osteoporosis.

If you are concerned about your bone density and susceptibility to osteoporosis, please call our office to schedule a bone density test.

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