PainCare now has the ability to perform dual-energy X-ray absortiometry (DEXA) scans on patients. DEXA measures bone density and is effective in allowing physicians to diagnose osteoporosis and assess a patient’s risk of suffering bone fractures. With the addition of the Hologic QDR “Discovery” DEXA scanner, our physicians will now have the ability to detect and treat osteoporosis before painful or debilitating fractures occur.
A DEXA scan is a quick and painless procedure that involves lying on your back on an X-Ray table so that an area of your body can be scanned. Unlike a MRI scan, a DEXA scan does not involve being enclosed inside a tunnel, so patients will not feel claustrophobic. The scanning arm will move slowly over the part of the body being scanned and emit low-dose X-rays to produce an image of the scanned area. A typical DEXA scan will last between ten and fifteen minutes.
The National Osteoporosis Foundation recommends DEXA scans for the following groups of people:
- Women 65 years and older
- Men 70 years and older
- People who have had a broken bone after age 50
- Women of menopausal age with risk factors for osteoporosis
- Post-menopausal women under age 65 with risk factors for osteoporosis
- Men 50-69 with risk factors for osteoporosis
If you feel you may be at risk for osteoporosis, or have general questions about DEXA please speak with your physician.DXA Registration Form