Dexa Scan (Bone Density Test)
What is a bone mineral density test?
This test, commonly known as a BMD, is an X-ray-like screening of your bone to find out whether or not you have osteoporosis, a bone-weakening disease that affects primarily postmenopausal women and also strikes some elderly men.
The test can also indicate whether you're at risk for developing osteoporosis, and can be used to track bone density changes over time.
While traditional X-rays can show visible bone thinning, the newer BMD tests are much more accurate and can measure small percentages of lost bone density. About 20 years ago doctors used regular X-rays to look for osteoporosis, but they could pick up changes only after a 25 to 40 percent drop in bone density -- by which time the disease is already far advanced. But today machines called densitometers, which expose you to only one fiftieth the radiation you'd get in a chest X-ray, can detect as little as a one percent bone loss.
Premier Medical Group provides a state of the art system which will also provide a 10-year Fracture Risk Assessment on each patient. This scan assists in the prediction of fractures and can provide essential insight into the treatment of osteoporosis and osteopenia.
How long will it take for my Dexa Scan?
With the increased scans, that the new GE Prodigy system provides, your scan should take less than an hour. We currently provide scans at our Nutter Fort location. Our experienced technologist, Stacie Freeman, can provide you with additional details on your next dexa scan appointment.
Where will my Dexa Scan be performed?
We are located at our Urgent Care Facility. 700 Oakmound Road just south of Clarksburg\
Speak to your primary care provider about scheduling your Dexa Scan today. An appointment can be scheduled by calling 304-623-3353. We look forward to seeing you.