Bone Density Scans

Dexa stands for ‘Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry’. It is the most commonly used test for measuring bone mineral density. It is the best way to diagnose osteopenia.
Risk Factors

  • Heredity. Personal and family history
  • Ethnicity
  • Low body weight – especially anyone with a Body Mass Index less than 19
  • Lifestyle: both in the past and present
  • Nutrition and Diet – What and when we eat affects the bone building cycle.
  • Diseases that create osteopenia and osteoporosis risk factors.

Treatments for:

  • Chronic inflammatory disease – rheumatoid arthritis
  • Leukemia and lymphoma
  • Endometriosis
  • Some drugs can increase your osteoporosis risk

To learn more about Osteoporosis you can visit the
National Osteoporosis Foundation