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Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry

Dexa Scan

A DEXA scan is a special type of??X-ray??that measures bone mineral density (BMD).

DEXA stands for “dual energy X-ray absorptiometry”.??This type of scan may also be called:

  • a DXA scan
  • a bone density scan
  • a bone densitometry scan

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.

As well as being quick and painless, a DEXA scan is more effective than normal X-rays in identifying low bone mineral density.