Bone Densitometry

Dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) technology that promptly and accurately detects osteopenia or osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is the loss of bone density that can lead to serious health problems, particularly bone fractures. Ten million Americans are affected by osteoporosis and most of them are women. One in two women will have a fracture related to osteoporosis in their lifetime.

The physicians at IGO Medical recognize the importance of the prevention and early detection of this debilitating disease in optimizing the quality of life for middle-aged women and beyond. It is important to detect bone loss early when therapy can greatly prevent further loss and actually improve bone structure. Women can conveniently have this test done during their annual exam, Pap, and/or their mammogram.

Our facility uses Dual-energy X-ray Absorptiometry (DXA) to measure the bone density of the spine and hip. It is currently the most accurate test available. Our licensed X-ray technologists perform this fast, safe, and pain-free test using our Lunar machine. For any inquiries, contact our clinic at 858-455-1248.


What to expect during a Bone Densitometry test:

  • You will lie down for 3–10 minutes while an arm-like device (an imager) scans across your body.
  • After the test, your DXA test results will be compared to the average bone density of a healthy 30-year-old to calculate the T-score. A negative score means you have thinner bones than an average 30-year-old. A positive score means your bones are stronger and thicker than an average 30-year-old.
  • If your T-score is –1 to –2.5, you have low bone mass and are at increased risk for osteoporosis. A score of –2.5 or lower means you have osteoporosis. A low T-score may mean that you also are at increased risk of a bone fracture.
  • If bone loss is detected, IGO Medical physicians can recommend dietary changes and hormone or medication therapy.


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