Bone Mineral Density Test (DEXA Scan)

A Bone Mineral Density (BMD) test, also referred to as bone densitometry, is an important diagnostic tool that not only measures the amount of calcium in certain bones, but is also used to estimate fracture risk. Testing is easy, fast, painless, and non-invasive.

Although a Bone Mineral Density test is not recommended for all women and men, testing may be considered when:

  • An x-ray reveals low bone mass, osteopenia, or possible osteoporosis.
  • Menopause occurs prior to age 45 and the patient is not taking estrogen (e.g. Estrogen Replacement Therapy, ERT)
  • A woman is age 65 or older
  • A post-menopausal woman who sustains a fracture (any type)
  • A family history of Osteoporosis
  • Steroids have been (or are) taken regularly
  • Presence of hyperthyroidism, diabetes, liver/kidney disease, rheumatoid arthritis
Please discuss with your doctor how you can find out more about your bone health.

We at the Oakland MRI Center are pleased to offer DXA Bone Densitometry Testing

Preparing for your Bone Mineral Density Exam

Wear loose comfortable clothing preferably with no zipper or metal. DXA scans take less than 20 minutes.

Any oral, IV contrast or Nuclear Medicine tests being preformed 7 days prior to your DXA appointment will need to be rescheduled.

The results of your DXA scan will be available two days after your exam. These results will be sent to the physician that ordered your exam.