What Is a DEXA Scan?
At Horizon Medical Center, we proudly offer DEXA bone scans to Schaumburg, IL patients. DEXA scans allow our physicians to diagnose osteoporosis (the weakening of bones) or other changes in bone density as early as possible. DEXA, or dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry, is an advanced type of low-dose x-ray technology that measures the calcium and mineral levels in the bones, and the amount of bone loss. As the standard of care in measuring bone mineral density, DEXA can help our doctors identify a person's risk for experiencing bone fractures and monitor the effects of osteoporosis treatment. If you think you may be at risk for osteoporosis, reach out to our friendly team today to schedule your DEXA scan or learn more about the benefits of bone density testing.
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What Can I Expect During My Bone Density Scan?
A number of health issues can lead to conditions that cause bone loss, like osteoporosis. Our Schaumburg, IL primary care physicians may recommend a DEXA scan for post-menopausal women, those with a history of hip or other bone fractures, patients who smoke or who have taken medications that may weaken the bones, individuals with thyroid conditions, or in a variety of other situations. To perform a bone scan, our skilled team will position you around our x-ray machine. DEXA scans are generally comfortable and noninvasive, and only take about 10 – 20 minutes to complete. Our physicians will then review your scan results and talk with you about any treatment recommendations.
Screen for Bone Density Concerns
DEXA scans are widely regarded as being the most accurate method of detecting osteoporosis. Horizon Medical Center is proud to offer this standard of care at our Schaumburg, IL family medicine practice to help patients better understand their health needs and get the treatment needed for long-term wellness. Contact our primary care facility today to schedule a visit with our talented physicians, further explore the benefits of DEXA bone density scans, or learn about the insurance plans we accept.