All Women has been certified and licensed by the State of Kentucky to perform and evaluate the DXA scans. The technicians and physicians have to be re-licensed every two years to maintain our license.
We ask that a patient stop taking calcium at least 2 days before the DXA is performed.
A patient should not have a DXA if they have had any x-ray dye in their system with the last 48 hours. Pregnant women should not have a DXA scan.
Sometimes a patient is asked to have a scan at a much earlier age due to medications they are taking or because of family history. Certain medications such Depo Provera, Femara, Arimidex anti-convulsant medications, steroids, or antacids can cause bone … Continue reading
Bone density tests are begun at age 50 or within the first two to three years after becoming menopausal.
A T-score is when the bone mass or density is then calculated and compared to the peak bone mass of a controlled population at age 30. A normal T-score is -1 and above. A low bone mass is between -1 … Continue reading
A scanner arm moves over the patient’s body but does not touch the patient or cause any pain. A low dose of radiation is then used to measure the bone density in the lower spine, hip and possibly the arm. … Continue reading
The patient should be comfortably dressed, with clothing that does not have metallic ornamentation. We do not ask that any clothing be removed, but you will be asked to remove any metal objects and jewelry that is around your waist.
The patient is asked to lay face up on a padded x-ray table for approximately 10-20 minutes.
Bone Densitometry is a radiological procedure done to detect low bone mass. It is the gold standard for diagnosing osteoporosis or low bone density. The bone densitometry or DXA scan allows for a diagnosis of osteoporosis or osteopenia in patients … Continue reading