At Cohen Medical Centers, we feature the state of the art equipment needed to provide our patients with effective testing and adequately determine the cause of their concerns. Our facility is equipped with a digital bone density machine, the DEXA Bone Density Scanner. This diagnostic tool is used to perform a comprehensive scan in the body in order to determine density levels and properly diagnose conditions like osteoporosis. The scanning procedure is completely painless and the preferred method for measuring mineral density.
Why Are Bone Density Scans Needed?
A dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) scan is a standard technique used to measure bone density. This completely painless procedure is easily performed and exposes the patient to minimal radiation. A scan using this device is necessary in order to evaluate the mineral content of patients at risk for osteoporosis. Additionally, further scans can help determine the rate of further bone demineralization following a diagnosis of the disease. Regular bone scans can prove to be essential in measuring the patient’s response to treatment as well.
DEXA Bone Density Scan Preparation
In preparation for a DEXA scan, it’s important to avoid having radionuclide and barium contrast studies conducted for at least two weeks before the test. During the procedure, no metal in clothing is allowed in the scanner. This includes zippers on clothing, pins, and jewelry.
DEXA Scan Procedure
A scan takes approximately 15 minutes to complete. During the test, you will be asked to lie down and an X-ray device will be used to scan your lumbar spine and both hips. From these images the doctor will be able to evaluate your bone mineral content. Your readings will be compared with a database of normal patients featuring standard deviations from normal reported as T-scores. A T-score of -1 to -2.5 (standard deviations below mean) is considered osteopenia, while T-score of less than -2.5 are considered osteoporosis, based on accepted criteria.
DEXA Bone Density Scans In Thousand Oaks, CA
Osteoporosis is a complicated concern that necessitates a thorough examination and scan to diagnose. Cohen Medical Centers is well equipped to provide you with accurate bone density testing and osteoporosis treatment. To schedule an appointment, please call (805) 449-8781 or fill out the form below.