Bone density scanning, also called dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DEXA), is an enhanced form of x-ray used to measure bone loss and risk of future fractures. 

DEXA is most often used to diagnose osteoporosis, a condition that involves a gradual loss of calcium causing the bones to become thinner, more fragile and more likely to break.  Osteoporosis most commonly affects post-menopausal women but can also affect men.

What to Expect During your Bone Density Scan

A technologist will remain the room with you during the exam. You will lie flat on your back on a table and the x-ray imager will move above you.  

Dexa scans are painless and typically completed within 10 minutes. 


The doctor who ordered your exam will provide the results to you.

If there is a critical finding on your study,  your doctor will be notified by our Radiologists. 

If you have not heard from your provider within a reasonable time, please call their office directly.