When it comes to osteoporosis, early detection is key to promoting bone health. With 55% of people over the age of 50 diagnosed with the disease, screening tools are more important than ever. At Mansfield Medical Imaging, we offer patients Dual X-ray Absorptiometry (DEXA) Scans to test bone density.
DEXA Scans provide quick, easy readings and our board-certified, fellowship-trained radiologists get you your results quicker than you ever thought possible. This allows your physician to take a proactive approach to preventing and treating osteoporosis and protecting your bones as much as possible.
If you're at risk for osteoporosis, the only way to get an accurate diagnosis is through testing your bone density, which is exactly what DEXA scans do. By focusing on the hip and spine, or forearm if necessary, our radiologists can determine if you're likely to develop bone fractures or breaks throughout your body.
The DEXA scanner produces two X-ray beams and measures the amount of each ray that passes through your bone. By comparing these results, our radiologists determine how thick—or dense—your bones are. This painless procedure typically takes 5-10 minutes and exposes you to minimal radiation. Without the need for closed tunnels or rings, our technicians have you lay flat on an open table where you simply stay still as the machine passes over your body. The procedure requires no downtime, and you'll able to go back to your normal daily activities once it's complete.
Your doctor may recommend coming to Mansfield Medical Imaging for a DEXA Scan if:
- You have a family history of osteoporosis
- You're a woman 60 or older who has experienced bone fractures
- You're a woman 65 or older
If you think you could benefit from a DEXA Scan, talk to your doctor about testing. Because we are not affiliated with a hospital, we can provide you with compassionate care and state-of-the-art imaging at an affordable price. With vast experience in women's imaging, we can help determine your bone density and get you on the right track to improving your bone health.
Contact us today to schedule your appointment or to learn more about what a DEXA Scan can do for you.