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A DXA scan — or bone mineral density (BMD or DEXA) test — is a simple test that allows healthcare professionals to determine the thickness of the bone. You lay on a table and don’t even have to remove your clothing. The machine evaluates the quantity of bones in the lower-spine (lumbar region) and upper area of the thigh bone which attaches to the pelvic region (the entire hip area and its subdivisions, the femoral neck and trochanter).
These locations in the body contain a large amount of trabecular bone, which is a lattice-like interior bone that tends to lose density as a person ages. Also, measurements gathered at these locations are easily duplicated, so health care providers can determine whether there are changes in bone density over time.
The scan helps doctors and other medical practitioners to diagnose osteoporosis, manage bone loss and prevent fractures.
To learn more about the DXA scan, visit American Bone Health.