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dexa-photo2016What is DEXA Imaging?

DEXA (dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry) is an imaging technique used to measure bone mineral density. DEXA scans are painless and noninvasive, using low-dose x-rays with different levels of energy to produce detailed images of the lumbar spine, wrist and hip. DEXA scans enable physicians to evaluate bone density, diagnose osteoporosis and predict risk of a fracture. DEXA scans are provided in our outpatient facility located at 10603 North Meridian Street.

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Osteoporosis is a disorder in which the bones become increasingly porous, brittle and subject to fracture due to loss of calcium and other mineral components. Sometimes this may result in pain, decreased height and skeletal deformities. Osteoporosis is more common in older persons, primarily postmenopausal women, but also associated with long-term steroid therapy and certain endocrine disorders.

The National Osteoporosis Foundation recommends bone density testing for:

  • Women with additional risk factors besides menopause
  • All women over 65 years old
  • Postmenopausal women who have broken a bone or have one or more risk factors
  • Women who have been on hormone replacement therapy for an extended period of time
  • Women considering osteoporosis therapy for osteoporosis

Do not take any calcium supplements the morning of your exam. Wear comfortable clothing with no metal zippers or buttons in the abdominal or pelvic areas. You will be asked to change into a gown if you have metal on your clothing. You may also be asked to remove jewelry, eyeglasses and any metal objects or clothing that might interfere with the X-ray images.

If you have recently had a barium study, such as an upper gastrointestinal (UGI) tract exam, barium enema or computed tomography (CT) scan, you should wait at least two weeks before a DEXA exam is performed. This is to ensure no residual barium interferes with your DEXA exam.

Also, please inform us if you may be pregnant.

DEXA appointments are available Monday-Saturday at our 10603 N. Meridian St. location.

Our imaging centers offer extended hours, including early mornings, evenings and Saturdays. To schedule an appointment, please call 317-XRAY NOW (972-9669)/800-400-XRAY (9729), or submit an appointment request on our website.


Our 50 radiologists are certified by the American Board of Radiology, are members of the American College of Radiology, and have received subspecialty fellowship training following their residencies in diagnostic radiology.

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I was impressed. Everyone there was very friendly and very professional. I was out of there in less than 45 minutes."

DEXA Imaging Patient June 2018 Product

What to Expect from Your DEXA Scan

Learn how best to dress and prepare for your DEXA scan by watching this video. And find out more about the procedure and what it includes.