Bone Density (DEXA)

Bone Density

Windsong utilizes the latest technology to recognize osteoporosis in its earliest stages, enabling doctors to prescribe appropriate treatment before the condition progresses. Dual Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry (DEXA) is a simple, non-invasive, accurate study which measures bone mineral density. DEXA scanners measures the bone density in the lumbar spine and both hips. By measuring the spine and both hips, we are better able to diagnose the disease when compared to other units that measure only heels or wrists. We offer fast imaging times, usually less than one minute per scan, and equipment accommodating a patient weight up to 450 pounds. Whole body imaging with fat composition and total bone density is available with imaging times of approximately seven minutes.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the risk factors for osteoporosis?
  • Gender- Women are much more likely to develop osteoporosis than are men
  • Age- The older you get, the greater your risk of osteoporosis
  • Race- You’re at greatest risk of osteoporosis if you are White or of Asian descent
  • Family History- Having a parent or sibling with osteoporosis puts you at greater risk
  • Body Frame Size- Men and women who have small body frames tend to have a higher risk because they might have less bone mass to draw from as they age
Who is eligible for this scan?

Your doctor may find you eligible for DEXA scan every two years if you are:

  • A female over age 65
  • A male over age 70
  • Male or female over age 50 and considered high risk for osteoporosis/osteopenia or are taking depo.
What should I expect?

Your DEXA bone density scan will be performed by a trained technologist who will explain the process before getting started. DEXA scans are safe, painless and only take about 15 minutes. You will lie on your back on a padded table while a movable arm passes over your body, and you will feel no sensations at all. A radiologist subspecialized in bone density imaging will review the scan to determine your T-score, which ultimately defines your bone density and quantifies your risk for fractures. After reviewing your DEXA scan results, your doctor may suggest a number of steps to build bone strength, such as exercise, changes in diet, hormone therapy, or other medicines.

How do I prepare?

DEXA imaging requires a physician referral.

Please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment time. Do not take any calcium supplements on the morning of your exam. Wear comfortable clothing that has no metal zippers or buttons in the abdominal or pelvic areas; otherwise, you may be asked to change into a gown.

If you have recently undergone a barium study of any kind, such as an upper gastrointestinal (UGI) tract exam, barium enema or CT scan, you should wait at least 14 days before your DEXA scan to ensure that no residual barium interferes with the findings.

If you’ve had prior bone density imaging at a facility other than Windsong Radiology, you will be asked to provide contact information for the center so we can obtain these records before your scheduled appointment. Having prior records helps our Radiologists to identify any changes over time.

When will I get the results?

Once DEXA imaging is complete, the scans will be reviewed by a radiologist and results will be sent to your physician within 7 business days.

What locations offer DEXA?

DEXA scans are available at all of our centers with the exception of West Seneca.

How do I schedule a DEXA exam?

Request an appointment online or contact us at 716-631-2500.

What about billing and/or insurance coverage?

Depending on what type of health insurance plan you have and the eligibility criteria, there may be no cost to you out of pocket because this exam is considered preventative. Please contact your health insurance plan to find out what your out of pocket costs may be based on your diagnosis.

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