Grandmother in garden with grand daughter
Grandmother in garden with grand daughter

Bone Density Imaging

Also known as: DEXA Scan

Providence empowers you to take control of your bone health and minimize the threats of osteoporosis and arthritis. With advanced technology, we can precisely detect the signs of osteoporosis with a quick and painless bone density imaging test.

Bone Density Imaging is an X-ray procedure that scans your body and produces high-resolution images of your bones to check for density. Traditional X-rays can only detect signs of bone degeneration after a 40-percent change in bone density. Our advanced imaging techniques allow us to detect even a 1-percent change in your bones.

The test itself is used to determine if you have osteoporosis – a disease that causes bones to become more fragile and more likely to break. The bones that are most commonly tested are located in the forearm, hip and spine. 

You should consider undergoing bone density imaging if you meet the following risk factors:

  • Female
  • Over 40 years of age
  • Caucasian or Asian
  • Low bone mass
  • A sedentary lifestyle
  • A family history of osteoporosis
  • Estrogen deficiency as a result of menopause, especially early or surgically induced
  • Women who have been on hormone replacement therapy (HRT/ERT) for prolonged periods
  • All women age 65 and older regardless of additional risk factors

Like any X-ray, bone densitometry is done on an outpatient basis and usually takes no more than 20 minutes to complete. If you are having your spine or hip imaged, you will lie on a table while the imaging equipment passes over you to generate the X-ray images. If your fingers or limbs are imaged, you simply place them in a small device that takes the X-ray images quickly and painlessly.

We use technology and techniques to minimize radiation exposure while still maintaining a good image quality for an accurate diagnosis. Other than the slight radiation exposure there are no risks or complications in a bone density screening.