Bone Density or DEXA
A Bone Density (DEXA) test is performed to help determine if you have osteoporosis. For this test, X-rays measure how many grams of calcium and other bone minerals are packed within a segment of your bones. We most commonly test your spine, hip and forearm to determine if bone structures have become porous due to osteoporosis.
Why Should I Have a Bone Density Test?
In the past, osteoporosis could only be identified after you had broken a bone. This test helps your doctor identify if you are at greater risk for fractures and helps identify any weaknesses in your bones before you suffer a break. It is also helpful in monitoring osteoporosis treatment.
How to Prepare for a Bone Density Test
- No preparation is needed
Schedule a Bone Density Test
You may schedule your bone density test at Rochelle Community Hospital by calling 815-562-2181, ext. 1350. We must have your doctor’s order on file before your bone density test may be scheduled. Due to insurance regulations, a DEXA exam can only be done every 2 years and 1 day.