Bone Density (DEXA Scan)

What is Bone Densitometry and how does it work?

Bone densitometry (Bone Density or DEXA for short) safely, accurately and painlessly measures bone density or mass and the mineral content of bone. During a comprehensive bone evaluation with Dual-Energy X-ray Absorptiometry: (DEXA), the patient lies comfortably on a padded table while a DEXA unit scans the spine and hip.

What is the purpose of a Bone Density Scan?

The diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis begins with this objective, quantifiable measurement of your bone mass or bone density.

Where will the scan be done?

Your bone density scan will be performed by the DMS Mobile Imaging Service. The equipment is transported to our facility by a special truck.  You will be escorted out to the truck in the NVHC parking lot by a trained technologist and positioned on the scanning table.

When is the Bone Density service provided?

The DMS Mobile Imaging Service is here with the DEXA equipment every 4th Wednesday.

How long will the scan take?

The procedure will last approximately 15-20 minutes. You will be able to remain clothed, but will be asked to remove any belts or metal objects.

How safe is DEXA?

DEXA is very safe. Unlike typical x-ray machines, radiation exposure during bone densitometry is extremely low. It involves no injections or invasive procedures.

Will the scan be covered by my insurance?

Bone Density Scans are covered by most insurances. However, it is best to call your insurance company prior to find out if your scan will be covered.

For more information regarding Bone Density Scans, call (218) 745-4211.