Bone Densitometry - DEXA
Bone densitometry (or DEXA) is an enhanced form of x-ray technology that measures bone mineral density and determines the strength of your bones. Certain medical conditions, medications and aging can lead to a loss of bone density and osteoporosis. With a loss of bone density, bones become thinner, more fragile and more likely to break. Your doctor may want to establish a baseline bone density to determine whether you need treatment with medication. DEXA is most often performed on the lower spine and hips.
Medicare provides a rebate for medical conditions and symptoms it deems most relevant to bone densitometry studies, to enable a significant portion of the population inexpensive access. Depending on the medial conditions and symptoms, Medicare will only give a rebate for one scan in any two-year period. If you have had a scan within the last two years, please call a Global Diagnostics practice to discuss your options.
Bone densitometry is performed at the following Global Diagnostics locations: