Bone Density (DXA)
A bone density scan, often referred to as a duel-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA), is a tool used at Union General Hospital to measure bone density. These scans are non-invasive, painless and quick. A part of the body is exposed to a small amount of ionizing radiation in order to generate pictures from inside the body.
DXA is most commonly performed on areas of the body like the hips or spine. Through use of a bone density scan, doctors can diagnose things like osteoporosis and bone density loss, as well as evaluate fractures.