Dual-Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry (DEXA) is the most accurate and advanced test available for measuring bone density with excellent resolution and reproducible precision. Minimal radiation is used to determine the bone density of the spine, hip or wrist. A DEXA test is more sensitive than ordinary x-rays and can diagnose bone loss at an earlier stage. Safe and painless, the 15 minute DEXA scan is the most reliable test to determine even the earliest stages of bone loss associated with osteoporosis.
- Osteoporosis is a major public health threat for more than 28 million Americans, 80 percent of whom are women. In the U.S. today, 10 million individuals already have the disease and 18 million more have low bone mass, placing them at increased risk for osteoporosis.
- 80% of those affected by osteoporosis are women.
- 8 million American women and 2 million men have osteoporosis, and millions more have low bone density.
This safe and precise bone mineral analysis is provided at Kosciusko Community Hospital. All DEXA diagnostic technologists are highly skilled professionals who are certified in the field of radiology and receive continuous training in bone density analysis. Feel free to ask questions about your examination. A final interpretation is sent to the physician's office the next day.