CFP Physicians Group
Family Physicians & Geriatrics located in Casselberry, FL
Worldwide, one in five men and one in three women over 50 experience bone fractures related to osteoporosis. Fortunately, early detection and treatment of low bone density and osteoporosis significantly reduce your risk of bone fractures. At CFP Physicians Group in Casselberry, Florida, the experienced team of family physicians uses dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) scans to detect osteoporosis and establish an appropriate treatment when necessary. Call CFP to learn more about DEXA scans, or book an appointment online today.
Dexa Scan Q & A
What is a DEXA scan?
A dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry, or DEXA, scan is a bone density test that detects osteoporosis, which is a disorder associated with fragile, weak bones. If you’re at risk of osteoporosis, DEXA scans use X-rays to measure the amount of calcium and other minerals present in your bones to:
- Detect or monitor osteoporosis
- Identify weak areas of bone
- Determine your risk of bone fractures
- Diagnose low bone density
- Find out how well osteoporosis medicines are working
The more minerals you have in your bones, the denser they are. Dense bones are stronger and less likely to break.
Will I require a DEXA scan?
Your doctor may recommend a DEXA scan if you have the following signs, symptoms, or risk factors associated with osteoporosis:
- A family history of osteoporosis
- Being a woman older than age 65
- Loss of height
- Bone fractures after age 50
- Taking certain medications
- Undergoing certain cancer treatments
- Long-term alcohol or tobacco use
- Having certain medical conditions
- Early menopause or drops in hormone levels
- Low body weight or an eating disorder
Osteoporosis is more common in women than men, but anybody can develop it. Ask your doctor if you’re a good candidate for a DEXA scan based on your risk factors.
What should I expect during the procedure?
To prepare for a DEXA scan, avoid taking calcium supplements for 24 hours prior to your test. Remove all metal items, such as jewelry, from your body. You’ll undergo low-dose X-rays during the procedure.
During a central DEXA scan, you’ll lie down on a soft table, as a scanner passes over your hips and lower spine. Peripheral DEXA machines are smaller and measure bone density in your legs, heels, fingers, and wrists. Though you must remain still during a DEXA scan, the procedure is painless.
What happens after a DEXA scan?
Your doctor discusses the results of your DEXA scan with you and lets you know if your bone density is normal, low, or you have osteoporosis. If the bone density is lower than it should be, your doctor might recommend:
- Taking medications or dietary supplements
- Reducing your risk of falls
- Hormone therapy
- Not smoking
- Avoiding excessive alcohol
- Maintaining healthy lifestyle habits
If you’re at risk of or suspect osteoporosis, call CFP Physicians Group for an appointment, or book one online today.
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