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Bone Densitometry in Southeastern MA

Bone densitometry is a bone density test. Another name for it is dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA or DXA). It uses enhanced X-ray technology to measure the amount of bone you have. It’s a common test for women older than 50 at risk of developing osteoporosis.

If you are concerned about your bone density or your risk for osteoporosis, contact Southcoast Radiology Imaging Services or find a doctor near you to schedule a consultation. We’ll help you get clear information about your symptoms, condition and treatment through a DEXA scan in Fall River, North Dartmouth, New Bedford or Wareham, MA.

Reasons for Bone Densitometry

A central DEXA scan shows whether you have normal bone density, low bone density or true osteoporosis. It can determine if your bone density is improving, staying the same or getting worse. This helps your doctor decide if you need to start treatment and if treatment is working.

Your doctor may recommend this imaging test if you:

  • Are a woman age 65 or older
  • Are a menopausal or postmenopausal woman younger than 65, but with risk factors for osteoporosis
  • Are a man between 50 and 69 with risk factors for osteoporosis
  • Are older than 50 and break a bone
  • Have lost a half inch or more of height in one year
  • Have unexplained spine pain
  • Take medication for osteoporosis

What to Expect During & After a DEXA Scan at Southcoast

A DEXA test can take up to 30 minutes. You will wear a gown or your own clothing with no metal for the exam.

For the test, you will lie on a table and the technologist will position your body using supports and braces. The test itself is painless. However, the positioning can be uncomfortable. You may need to hold your breath for short periods during the test. After the test, you can resume your normal activities.

Southcoast Health is proud to offer bone density tests and DEXA scans across southeastern Massachusetts and parts of Rhode Island.