Bone Density Imaging: What it is and When You Need it

October 15, 2021

bone density imagingAll of us who have experienced getting older have, at one time or another, used the phrase “I feel it in my bones.” You may not realize the truth in this statement, but your bones can sometimes lose their density as you age. Modern medicine has made it possible to detect this deterioration with the help of bone density imaging.


What is bone density imaging?

Bone density imaging, also known as dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) to measure the density of your bones. The most commonly tested areas are the hips, spine, and forearms. DEXA scans are different from bone scans and do not require any injections before the scan.


Why do I need bone density imaging?

As you age, you can sometimes begin to lose bone faster than your body can produce new tissue. Bone density imaging allows your medical team to diagnose Osteoporosis or brittle bones and start a treatment plan. They can also help your doctor to monitor your bone density throughout your treatment.


What can bone density imaging detect?

Bone density imaging helps to detect levels of calcium and other minerals in your bones. By measuring the volume of these minerals, it shows how strong or how brittle your bones are. Both men and women are at risk for bone loss, but postmenopausal women are at a higher risk than men. People with a slender frame can also find themselves at risk for low density.


When should I have bone density imaging done?

If you are at risk or are experiencing any of the symptoms of Osteoporosis, your doctor may order a DEXA scan. Talk to your doctor if you:

  • Have experienced a reduction in your height by more than 1 inch
  • Fracture a bone when performing normal daily activities
  • Take drugs that can interfere with bone density
  • Are experiencing lower hormone levels due to menopause
  • Have low body weight
  • Have a family history of Osteoporosis
  • Are a female over the age of 65 or a male over the age of 70


If you have concerns about osteoporosis or are at high risk, talk to our team about scheduling a bone density test. The medical professionals at Lane Imaging can help with your diagnosis and treatment to keep you going strong for years to come. Contact us today at 658-4550 for an appointment!

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