The Dexa scan or the Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry is actually an x-ray of an advanced kind, which determines the density of your bones and if you have or are susceptible to osteoporosis. Also if you are receiving treatment for existing osteoporosis, the DEXA scan can gauge its efficacy.
This is a painless and non invasive procedure that involves a scan of the body by the Dexa machine. In particular the areas of the body such as the spine, hips and wrist will be examined since these are considered to be high risk areas for osteoporosis.
You should consider a Dexa scan:
- If you underwent menopause early (younger than 40 years of age).
- If you have celiac disease or rheumatoid arthritis you are more at risk of osteoporosis and should get a scan.
- Women who have had irregular periods or no periods over a long time.
- Those women, who have been prescribed certain medications such as steroids, barbiturates, anti seizure drugs or thyroid medication, should also consider a scan.
- If there is a family history of osteoporosis in a woman’s family.
- Those women who have or have had an eating disorder should also consider getting the Dexa scan.
- Women with liver or kidney disease or those with type one diabetes should also consider getting the scan.