Bone density testing is used to assess the strength of the bones and the probability of fracture in persons at risk for osteoporosis. The test is a simple, noninvasive procedure that takes just minutes. Bone density testing can help your health care provider confirm a diagnosis of osteoporosis even in its earliest stages, so treatment can begin sooner. In addition, when repeated over time, it can be used to monitor your rate of bone loss and can help your health care provider monitor your response to treatment.
The Breast and Bone Density Center at Covenant Medical Center provides the most accurate test available for detecting osteoporosis and other bone diseases. It is called the DEXA (dual-energy x-ray absorpitometry) scan. This test, which takes about 10 to 15 minutes, measures the bone loss in your hips and spine. The DEXA scan is similar to having a standard x-ray with only a very small amount of radiation being used.
Talk to your health care provider about your risks of developing osteoporosis. To schedule an appointment for a DEXA scan at The Women’s Center at Covenant Medical Center, call 319-272-7080.