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Bone density scans can help diagnose osteoporosis so you can get the treatment you need to help prevent fractures. Dr. Massachi offers patients in and around Los Angeles, CA, bone density scans featuring the most advanced technology for more accurate results and greater peace of mind.
A bone density scan (also called a DEXA or DXA scan) is a noninvasive test that's performed to determine the amount of minerals that are present in your bones. It's often used to predict a person's risk of developing osteoporosis or to diagnose the presence of the disease.
Osteoporosis is a disease that causes your bones to become weak and more prone to fractures, even from low-impact activities. It's the most common skeletal disorder in the U.S., affecting about 8 million women and 2 million men, with more than 30 million people at risk for developing the condition.
You'll be asked to lie on your back on an exam table while a scanning device passes back and forth over your body. That's it – no injections and no medications are necessary, and it can be performed in just a few minutes' time.
What should I do before my bone density scan?
Do not take calcium supplements including certain antacids for two days before your scan.
Do not wear clothing with zippers or metal buttons and do not wear underwire bras. If you forget, you'll be asked to put on a gown for your scan.
Some guidelines recommend a scan at age 65 for women and 70 for men, but depending on your health history and risk factors, you may need to have a scan performed earlier, especially if you're a woman. Dr. Massachi will review your health history to determine if you need to have a scan prior to age 65 or 70.
Usually, scans are recommended every two years; however, depending on your health history and risk factors, you may be advised to have scans performed more frequently.
Below is a short-list of just some of the plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed below.
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