What is a DEXA Scan?

Osteoporosis is a disease that is gaining increased attention as more people live longer. With early detection, a number of treatments are available to maintain or improve bone density.  A Dual-Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry (DEXA) test is a bone density study used to determine whether or not you have osteoporosis and can predict your risk for bone fracture. DEXA may also be used as a follow-up procedure to monitor response to specific medications.  A DEXA scan is a simple and painless procedure that uses a low dose X-ray to scan your hip, spine and forearm.

Specialized DEXA Scan

Advanced Body Composition Scan

Boone Hospital now offers Advanced Body Composition (ABC) testing at our Nifong location.  This new technology uses a whole body DEXA scan to measure the distribution of body fat, lean muscle tissue and bone mass. These characteristics have been shown to accurately predict a person’s risk of age related outcomes including cardiovascular disease (CVD), CVD death, overall mortality, cancer, cancer death, hip fracture, physical disability, incident insulin-resistant diabetes, and severity of insulin resistance.