What is DEXA?

DEXA scan or Dual Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry Scan is mainly conducted to quantify bone mineral density. Two X-ray shafts of light, consisting of different energy levels, are allowed to intend the bones of the patient. The created pictures help identify the bone loss and patients who are at risk of osteoporosis or other debilitating conditions.

DEXA scans are often used to diagnose or assess someone’s risk of osteoporosis, a condition that weakens bones and makes them more likely to break. Bone mineral density, which is commonly abbreviated as BMD, is also measured by this type of X-ray.

What makes the DEXA scan unique?

  • The unique technology used by Medanta for DEXA scan has IVA-HD tool which enhances the chances for diagnosis of vertebral fractures by increasing the resolution of the images obtained to doub...

How does it help?

The technology of DEXA scan helps in identifying and early diagnosis of a lot of conditions associated with bone density. The test can assess an individual’s risk of developing fractures and tracking the effects of treatment for osteoporosis and other conditions that cause bone loss. The Lateral Vertebral Assessment (LVA), may be recommended for older patients for a low-dose x-ray examination of the spine to screen for vertebral fractures that is performed on the DEXA machine.

How is it done?

What are the benefits and risks of a DEXA scan?

The effortless procedure of DEXA scan has been of help to countless patients till date. It has a lot of benefits but has some potent risks too, which should be known to the patient.

  • It is the best method to calculate the risk of fracture.
  • Non-invasive procedure.
  • Quick and speedy process.
  • No need for anaesthesia.
  • The amount of radiation used is extremely small as compared to other procedures.

The benefits of having a DEXA scan to help diagnose a medical condition, or to check the symptoms of an existing condition, usually outweigh the risks, however, some of the potential risks are:

  • Exposure to radiation

During a DEXA scan, you're briefly exposed

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