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What is a bone density scan?

A bone density scan (DXA) is an enhanced form of X-ray technology that is used to measure bone loss. It is used to diagnose osteoporosis, a condition that causes bones to decrease in density over time. The scan provides a true test for the effects of osteoporosis as well as other conditions that cause bone loss. It can also assess a patient’s risk for developing fractures. Depending on the part of the body being studied, the procedure usually takes between 10 to 20 minutes and is painless.

Before Your Exam

No special diet or preparation is required for this exam. We recommend wearing separates.

How is a DXA performed?

Once in the exam room, you will be positioned on a padded table. X-ray equipment will be located below you and an imaging device will be above.

The detector will slowly pass over the area being examined, generating images on a screen.

You must keep still and may be asked to hold your breath for a few seconds during the scan to reduce the possibility of a blurred image.

After Your Exam

Results from your DXA scan will be delivered to your ordering physician between two and 10 days. You may also access your medical records online by creating an account at FloridaHospital.com. If you have any questions regarding your exam, please don’t hesitate to ask your technologist. It’s important to us that all your concerns and questions are thoroughly addressed.