DEXA Bone Density Scans

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DEXA Bone Density Scans

Discover DEXA Scans at Wollongong Diagnostics: Your Key to Bone Health

At Wollongong Diagnostics, we prioritise your health by offering advanced diagnostic services, including DEXA (Dual-Energy X-ray Absorptiometry) Scans. Known for its precision, a DEXA bone density scan is a cornerstone in assessing bone health, specifically measuring bone mineral density (BMD). This post will guide you through what DEXA scans are, their importance, preparation, and what to expect, ensuring you’re fully informed about this vital diagnostic tool.

What is a DEXA Scan?

A DEXA scan, also known as a bone density test or bone densitometry test, is a non-invasive imaging technique used to measure bone mineral density. Employing low-dose X-rays, it provides detailed images that help evaluate the risk of osteoporosis, a condition where bones become weak and more likely to fracture. The test is quick, painless, and considered the gold standard for diagnosing osteoporosis and other conditions related to bone loss.

Why is a DEXA Scan Important?

Bone density scans are crucial for:

  • Early detection of osteoporosis before a fracture occurs.
  • Determining an individual’s risk of fractures.
  • Assessing the effectiveness of osteoporosis treatment.
  • Helping make informed decisions regarding bone health management.

Your healthcare provider might recommend a DEXA scan for several reasons, primarily to diagnose osteoporosis or assess the risk of osteoporotic fractures. If you’re experiencing signs of bone density loss, have a family history of osteoporosis, or have risk factors such as long-term steroid use or certain thyroid conditions, a DEXA scan can provide essential insights. 

Additionally, for patients already diagnosed with osteoporosis or osteopenia, DEXA imaging is an invaluable tool in monitoring the effectiveness of treatment plans and the progression of bone density changes over time.

How to Prepare for Your DEXA Scan

Preparing for a DEXA scan at Wollongong Diagnostics is straightforward:

Clothing: Wear loose, comfortable clothing, avoiding garments with metal zippers, belts, or buttons. You may be asked to change into a gown to avoid interference from metals on your clothing during the scan.

Medications: Continue taking your medications as prescribed unless instructed otherwise by your doctor.

Calcium supplements: Refrain from taking calcium supplements for at least 24 hours before your scan.

Previous tests: Bring along any previous bone density scans or related medical records to your appointment.

What to Expect During the DEXA Scan

The DEXA scan process at Wollongong Diagnostics is quick and effortless:

Upon Arrival: You’ll be greeted by our staff and guided through a brief questionnaire about your health and medical history.

During the Scan: One of the many advantages of a DEXA scan is its efficiency. The examination typically takes about 5 minutes, providing a quick yet comprehensive assessment of your bone mineral density. This efficiency minimises your time spent at the clinic, allowing you to return to your day with minimal disruption.

After the Scan: You can resume your normal activities immediately. A radiologist will analyse the images, and the results will be sent to your referring doctor, who will discuss them with you.

Understanding Your Dexa Scan Results

Your DEXA scan results are reported as T-scores and Z-scores:

T-score: Compares your bone density with that of a healthy young adult of the same sex. A T-score of -1.0 or above is considered normal; between -1.0 and -2.5 indicates low bone mass (osteopenia); and -2.5 or below suggests osteoporosis.

Z-score: Compares your bone density with what’s expected for someone of your age, sex, and body size. A lower score may indicate the need for further medical evaluation.

Why Choose Wollongong Diagnostics for Your DEXA Scan?

Wollongong Diagnostics combines cutting-edge technology with expert care to ensure accurate diagnosis and effective treatment planning. Our team is dedicated to providing a comfortable and reassuring experience throughout your visit.

Booking Your DEXA Scan

Take the first step towards safeguarding your bone health by scheduling a DEXA scan with Wollongong Diagnostics. Visit our website or contact us directly to book your appointment. We do encourage you to make an appointment for your DEXA scans to minimise the wait time for your examination.

Early detection is key to managing and improving bone health, and our team is here to guide you every step of the way. 

Protecting your bone health is an investment in your future. Trust Wollongong Diagnostics to provide the comprehensive care and support you need.