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MUSCULOSKELETAL DISORDERS >> Test >> Dual-Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry (DEXA)

The most accurate way to evaluate bone density, which is necessary when screening for or diagnosing osteoporosis, is with dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DEXA). In this test, low-dose x-rays are used to examine bone density at the lower spine, hip, wrist, or entire body. Measurements of bone density are very accurate at these sites. To help differentiate osteoporosis (the most common cause of an abnormal DEXA scan) from other bone disorders, doctors may need to consider the person’s symptoms, medical conditions, medication use, and certain blood or urine test results as well as the DEXA results.

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