What are DEXA scans?
The DEXA (duel-energy X-ray absorptiometry) scan provides one of the most highly accurate measurements of body composition available, registering fat and lean mass distribution throughout the entire body. A DEXA Scan measures your Bone Mineral Density (BMD) and Body Mass Index (BMI). It is painless and requires no injections, invasive procedures, sedation, special diet or any other advance preparation.
During a DEXA exam, the patient lies fully clothed on a padded table while the system scans one or more areas of bone (usually the lower spine or hip). The entire exam typically takes about 15 minutes to complete. Each patient’s bone density is plotted against the “normal” for a healthy young adult or against age-matched control data.
How do DEXA scans help Osteoporosis?
DEXA is often used to diagnose osteoporosis, a condition that often affects women, men, and rarely in children. Osteoporosis involves a gradual loss of calcium, as well as structural changes, causing the bones to become thinner, more fragile and more likely to break.
DEXA is also useful in tracking the effects of treatment for osteoporosis and other conditions that cause bone loss.
The DEXA test can also assess an individual’s risk for developing fractures. The risk of fracture is affected by age, body weight, history of prior fracture, family history of osteoporotic fractures and lifestyle issues such as cigarette smoking and excessive alcohol consumption. These factors are taken into consideration when deciding if a patient needs therapy.
GenLife Regenerative Medicine
GenLife Regenerative Medicine has been helping progress regenerative medicine in South Florida for several years. Like most of our procedures, the clinic is spearheaded by Dr. Charles Mahl, a leading figure in prolotherapy and other similar regenerative healing techniques. If you or a loved one are concerned about potentially developing osteoporosis or would like to know more about our other services, please give us a call at (844) 859-7788!