Bone Density Scan

  Bone density scanning, also called dual-energy x-
  ray absorptiometry (DXA or DEXA) or bone 
  densitometry, is an enhanced form of x-
  ray technology that is used to  measure bone loss.
  DEXA is today's established standard for
  measuring  bone mineral density. At Gulf Coast
  Medical Group,  bone density scans are most often
  used to diagnose osteoporosis and
  osteopenia. Osteoporosis is a condition that
  involves a gradual loss of calcium, causing
  the bones to become thinner, more fragile and more 
likely to break. Osteopenia is the decrease in the amount of calcium and phosphorus in the bone. This can cause bones to be weak and brittle, and increases the risk for broken bones. Bone density scans are often performed on the lower spine or hips, but an arm can be used if necessary. Once the patient is in position for the bone density scan, the procedure will take approximently 15 minutes. It is a low dose x-ray exam, and completely painless.

Speak with your physician about recieving a Bone Density Scan at your next visit.

Phone: (941) 483-9760