DEXA is an abbreviation for “Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry”. It uses low dose x-rays to monitor the density of the bones in your spine, hip or total body.
This test can help with early detection of Osteoporosis, a condition in which bones break down faster than they regrow. Osteoporosis results in bones that are weak brittle and break easily. It is known as a SILENT DISEASE, since it shows no symptoms. People may not know they have Osteoporosis until a strain, bump or fall causes their bones to break.
People with Type 1 diabetes are more prone to low bone density. This can increase their risk of Osteoporosis later in life.
Osteoporosis is also a threat for women who go through early menopause or suffer from Premature Ovarian Faliure. With lower estrogen levels, bone density decreases resulting in weaker, more brittle and less dense bones that are more prone to fracture.
There are no painful injections or medications involved in DEXA and since low dose X-Rays are used, it can safely screen bone density and bone loss in children.
Regular DEXA scans can also play a vital role in detecting hidden fat stores for those aiming at FAT LOSS.
With our state-of-the-art DEXA system at IMC, we asess your risk for Osteoporosis and fractures.
Based on your DEXA results, our physicians can help develop a treatment plan that best meets your needs.