About the Scan – Dual-energy X-ray Absorptiometry (DXA, previously DEXA)

SMIL offers Dual-energy X-ray Absorptiometry (DXA, previously DEXA)to measure the strength, density and mineral content of bone. DXA is most often used to diagnose osteoporosis, a condition that often affects women after menopause but may also be found in men. Osteoporosis involves a gradual loss of calcium, as well as structural changes, causing the bones to become thinner, more fragile and more likely to break.

DXA is also effective in tracking the effects of treatment for osteoporosis and other conditions that cause bone loss. DXA can also access an individual’s risk for developing fractures.

Dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry is strongly recommended if you:

Learn how to prepare for DXA in the preparations for Dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry section.

Find out DXA is right for you in the benefits and risks of Dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry section.

For a downloadable/printable PDF about this exam with preparation instructions click here.


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, Dec 18, 2017
I have to have X-rays every time I see the doctor due to the injuries. And I go here because he can access these fries office. This time it was a much better experience. It seems though they aren’t all on theme page. I always request a Cd of the XRays and the X-ray tech gave nepme a green card and said give it to the receptionist, she’ll write you name on it and hold it al the counter so she remembers she is waiting for it.....I tell thee ratio it’s this, she takes a sticky note , writes my last name on it and places it on her desk which is floating in papers.....the card you take out there is bright green and about 5x8...if she’d kept that she could hand it it worked out....but why doesn’t the left hand know what the right hand is doing. And which one of them intend the X-Ray tech was the manager of the department......so
, Dec 5, 2017
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, Mar 7, 2018
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, Feb 1, 2018
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, Oct 15, 2018