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.
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