Bone Density Scan (DEXA)

You have been scheduled for a bone density or DEXA study, which involves the use of a small amount of x-rays about equal to one-sixteenth of a chest x-ray.

Preparation for the procedure:
There are no pre-exam instructions. If you wear clothing without zippers or buttons you will not need to change into a gown. Please inform the technologist if you are pregnant or breast feeding. The imaging may be changed, or special instructions given based upon that information.

What to expect:
When you arrive you will be asked to fill out a questionnaire about your medical history related to osteoporosis. We will ask your height and weight. You will then be brought into the room where the machine is. You will be asked to lie down on the table. The machine will take images of your spine and both of your femurs (hips). This takes about ten minutes. It is a very simple procedure.

The images will be reviewed and the results will be sent to your physician. Your physician will discuss these results with you and explain what they mean in relation to your health.

Your questions and comments:
call (805) 563-5870.

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