Bone Density Imaging
Dual-Energy X-ray Absorptiometry (DEXA) is an imaging technology that uses a very low amount of X-ray energy to detect the presence of osteoporosis, a disease that gradually weakens bones, leading to an increased chance of fracture to the spine, hips, and wrists. Osteoporosis is called the “silent disease” because many affected by thinning bones are unaware of their condition until a fracture occurs. The most visible symptoms may include loss of height and curvature of the upper back.
DEXA scanning can identify low bone density in patients at an early stage, enabling doctors to prescribe appropriate treatment before the condition progresses. Images of the lower spine and hips are most often used in checking for osteoporosis.
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