Dexa Scan in Dallas, TX
Since 1985, Southwest Diagnostic Imaging Center has provided the latest in bone density scan technology to patients with osteoporosis in Dallas, TX. Our highly-trained technicians specialize in providing comprehensive exams so that you can receive the most accurate results as soon as possible. For more information, contact our imaging center in Dallas at (214) 345-6905 and schedule an appointment today!
What is a Bone Density Scan
Dual-Energy X-ray Absorptiometry (Dxa) is a tool used for measuring bone density. Dxa calculates Bone Mineral Density (BMD), a measurement used to estimate bone strength and the likelihood of breakage and/or fracture.
Patients who are suffering from symptoms of osteoporosis should receive a bone density scan to determine whether or not they have osteoporosis.
Common Uses of Dexa Scans
DXA scans are most commonly used to diagnose and monitor osteoporosis, a condition that causes bones to become brittle and fragile, but they can also be used for other purposes.
- Aiding physicians in the diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis.
- Assessing an individual’s risk for developing fractures. Emphasis is placed on the spine and hips, which are weight-bearing areas that are more susceptible to fractures.
What to Expect
The test is quick and painless, and there is no need for any special preparation beforehand.
- You will not have to change into a gown for this exam if you wear loose, comfortable clothing without zippers or metal buttons.
- You will be asked to lie on a padded table and hold very still for approximately five minutes.
Who interprets the results and how do I get them?
The results of a Dxa bone density exam are interpreted by a radiologist and forwarded to your doctor. Your test results will be in the form of two scores:
- T score – This number shows the amount of bone density you have, compared to a young adult of the same gender with peak bone mass. A score above -1 is considered normal. A score between -1 and -2.5 is classified as osteopenia, the first stage of bone loss. A score below -2.5 is defined as osteoporosis. It is used to estimate your risk of developing a fracture.
- Z score – This number reflects the amount of bone density you have, compared to other people in your age group and of the same size and gender. If it is unusually high or low, it may indicate a need for further medical tests.
Risk Factors for Osteoporosis
This medical condition causes bones to become brittle and weak, increasing the risk of fractures. The risk factors for osteoporosis can be divided into non-modifiable and modifiable risk factors.
- Low body weight
- Estrogen deficiency
- Early menopause
- Surgical removal of both ovaries
- Prolonged menopause
- Absence of a period for more than one year
- Low calcium intake
- Recurrent falls
- Low physical activity
- Poor health / frailty
While osteoporosis can affect anyone, it occurs most commonly in Caucasian and Asian females.
Schedule your Bone Densitometry with Southwest Diagnostic Imaging in Dallas, TX
Open 7 days a week, Southwest Diagnostic Imaging Center is a full-range, experienced, state-of-the-art imaging center in Dallas, TX. Our mission is to provide unsurpassed patient care, the most advanced diagnostic imaging technology, and the highest standards of quality. If you are in need of a bone densitometry exam, please contact our office at (214) 345-6905 and schedule an appointment today.
Dexa Scan Hours
Monday – Friday / 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.