Bone Densitometry

Bone Densitometry, or Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry (DEXA)

This procedure uses radiation to measure bone mineral density (BMD). It is the most common and accurate test to diagnose osteopenia or osteoporosis. This test also evaluates the likelihood of fractures. A radiologist will interpret the scores of your test and send the results to your physician.

Bone densitometry is located in the Women's Health Center in the University Hospitals Geneva Medical Center Medical Office Building.

What to Expect: Before the test begins there is a brief questionnaire that you will be asked to fill out. The technologist will then have you lay down on a padded table for the exam. The test will include a couple of scans. The most common scans are usually of the hip, spine, and forearm.

The time from when we call you out of the waiting room to the time your exam is completed will take approximately 20 minutes.

Preparing for Your Exam:

  • Wear loose fitting clothing, preferably with no metal around the waist. (e.g., belts and zippers)
  • Please bring a copy of the physician's order with you.
  • No calcium supplements 24 hours prior to exam time.
  • Please arrive about 15 minutes before your test time.
  • If you are pregnant, please inform the technologist.
  • If you have any questions, please contact the Diagnostic Imaging Department at 440-415-0165.

Scheduling Your Appointment: Bone densitometry exams require you to schedule an appointment. Please call our toll free Patient Call Center at 1-855-884-1858 to schedule an appointment.

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