This test measures bone density in the lower spine and the hip.
Dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA) measures bone density in the lower spine and the hip. A DXA measurement of the hip bone is one tool to help predict the risk of future fractures.
The radiation exposure from a DXA scan is very low. However, so that appropriate precautions are taken, be sure to tell the technician if you are pregnant or could be pregnant. If you have concerns about this exposure, you should discuss the risks and benefits of having the scan with your healthcare provider.
What should I ask my healthcare provider before having this test?
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