Bone Densitometry (DXA)
Bone density scanning, also called dual-energy X-Ray absorptiometry (DXA or DEXA) or bone densitometry, is a specialized form of X-Ray technology that is used to measure bone loss. DXA of the spine and hip is the established standard for measuring bone mineral density (BMD).
Densitometry is commonly used as a preventive measure for osteoporosis (poor bone strength and likelihood of fracture from light trauma). At InHealth Imaging, we also use densitometry to calculate a highly accurate body fat ratio. This can be used for patients who want to measure their body fat percentage more accurately than traditional BMI measurements. As with many other advancements in radiology, InHealth Imaging is the first to offer this in Kitsap County.
During the exam, the patient lies flat on a comfortable bed, while the scanner passes over the targeted area. Exams typically last 15 minutes.
Exam results are communicated to the patient directly after the exam. At InHealth Imaging, we believe that all of our patients should be presented their results without delay. Shortly after the patient is seen, the images and results are shared with the ordering physician through our secure Picture Archiving & Communications System (PACS) portal.
Preparing for your DXA exam
- You should not take calcium supplements or multivitamins for at least 24 hours prior to the exam.
- To ensure your comfort, we recommend that you wear loose, comfortable clothing.
- Please avoid garments that have zippers, belts or buttons made of metal.
We will provide gowns, if needed for the examination. Please inform our staff if you are possibly pregnant.