Bone Density Study - Hips, Pelvis, and Spine

This test measures bone density in the lower spine and the hip.

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.

  • To get good images, you will need to stay very still during the test.
  • The costs for this test include the charge for the test (facility charge) and physician charges (for performing or interpreting the test). You may get separate bills from the facility and the physician's office.

What should I ask my healthcare provider before having this test?

  • Is there any special preparation for the test? (If so, get clear instructions on what you need to do.)
  • Why are you ordering this test? Will the test results change my treatment plan? If not, do I need the test?


Also known as:

DXA scan
DEXA scan
Bone Density Study - Hips
and Spine
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