Bone Densitometry

Bone densitometry, or bone density scanning, is an enhanced x-ray imaging procedure used to measure bone loss with an extremely small amount of radiation. Dual energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA or DEXA) is the established standard for these tests, which measure the level of calcium and other minerals in bone. Defining bone mineral density (BMD) helps diagnose how dense and strong the bones are. A quick, painless, noninvasive procedure, this study measures small amounts of bone loss not apparent in other types of tests.