XRA Medical Imaging is accredited by the American College of Radiology to perform bone densitometry services in Rhode Island. Find information regarding our bone density exams below, and our office locations where bone densitometry can be performed.
Bone density scanning is an enhanced form of x-ray that is used to measure bone loss in a particular site of the body, usually the lower part of the spine, the hip, the forearm, or the heel.
Research in osteoporosis, the disorder in which progressive bone loss occurs, is making important new advances. A key factor in this success has been the use of new and improved testing equipment to measure bone density, and can measure your bone density more accurately than ever before. This information will help your doctor decide the best course of action for your bone health.
This advanced bone densitometer is recognized by the National Osteoporosis Foundation as the most accurate bone density technique and is available to all of our patients.
In order for your bone density exam to be most accurate, it is asked that no calcium supplements be taken for two days prior to your appointment.
Bone density exams will show if a patient has normal bone density, low bone density (known as osteopenia), or osteoporosis. This information is helpful to patients and physicians in that it allows a course of treatment to be determined before it's too late and the patient is at risk of breaking a bone.
If you are a woman age 65 or older or a man age 70 or older and have broken a bone after age 50, you may be at most risk for osteoporosis. Talk to your doctor about getting your bone density measured.
After the test is completed, a radiologist will analyze the images and send a signed report to your primary care or referring physician, who will discuss the results with you.
Osteoporosis is a disease of the bones found in about 54 million Americans. Osteoporosis is caused either by the body making too little bone or losing too much bone over the course of a person's life. This results in bones being weakened and easily broken by even the littlest things, like banging your elbow on a table.
Studies have suggested that one in two women and up to one in four men over the age of 50 will likely experience their bones breaking due to osteoporosis. The most commonly broken bones are hip, spine, and wrist, however, all bones are susceptible in a patient who has been diagnosed with osteoporosis.
To learn more about osteoporosis and how you can help to prevent it, visit the National Osteoporosis Foundation.
The central device is a large flat table on which you lie down on for the exam, with an "arm" suspended overhead. The equipment measures your bone density at your hip and spine through a test called a dual energy x-ray absorptiometry scan, or DEXA scan. A DEXA scan offers very precise results and is the preferred test for diagnosing osteoporosis.
During the test, you lie on the table for a few minutes while an imager — the mechanical arm-like device — passes over your body. It won't touch you. The test does emit radiation, though your exposure during a bone density test is commonly about one-tenth of the amount emitted during a chest x-ray. The test usually takes five to 10 minutes to complete.