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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.