DXA Bone Densitometry

Bone densitometry, using an advanced technology called DXA (Dual Energy x-ray Absorbtiometry), safely, accurately and painlessly measures bone mineral density, which helps determine a woman’s risk of developing osteoporosis and future fractures. The Bone Densitometer uses small amounts of x-ray to produce images of the lumbar spine and hip. The forearm may also be imaged, but the standard procedure is to image the lumbar spine and hip. The x-ray is composed of two energy levels which are absorbed differently by the bones in the body. A computer is able to determine from these differences how much bone mineral density is present.