Our office will contact you 24 hours before your appointment to confirm your scheduled arrival time and provide prep instructions.
The DEXA bone density exam typically takes 15 - 20 minutes to complete depending on the part of your body being examined and the type of equipment used.
The DEXA exam has 2 parts, one to assess your spine, the other to assess your hips.
For the spine scan, you will lie flat on your back with your legs elevated.
For the hip scan you will lie flat on your back with your legs outstretched. Both hips are scanned unless you have had a hip replacement, in which case the hip without replacement would be scanned. If both hips have been replaced, only your spine will be scanned.
For both parts, the detector portion of the machine will slowly pass over the area without direct contact with your body.
At no time is your body confined, enclosed or your face covered.
Once the exam is complete, a radiologist will review the study and dictate a report. This report will be sent to the doctor who ordered your study.
Results are available within 24 - 48 hours.
We recommend that you call and schedule a follow-up appointment with your healthcare provider to discuss the results.
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