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Bone Density

The modern Lunar DPX PRO system from General Electric achieves the examination of bone density with the new method of dual energy absorptiometry beam (DEXA) in just 4 minutes. It also provides reliable and accurate measurement of whole-body fat distribution with the Body Composition protocol – determination of fat.


The measurement of bone density by the DEXA method is the most commonly used method to assess osteoporosis, a situation which often affects women after menopause, but can also be found in men and rarely in children.
A DEXA examination can also evaluate a person's risk for the development of fractures.

The examination is recommended:

  • in postmenopausal women not receiving estrogen.
  • in women who have a personal or maternal history of hip fracture or are smokers.
  • in patients with clinical conditions associated with bone loss.
  • in patients using drugs that are known to cause bone loss, including corticosteroids, as prednisone, various antiepileptic medication, Dilantin and some barbiturates.
  • in patients with type 1 diabetes, liver disease, kidney disease or a family history of osteoporosis
  • in patients with hyperthyroidism or any parathyroid condition , as hyperparathyroidism.
  • to those who have suffered a fracture after minor injuries.
  • those with radiographic findings suggestive of vertebral fracture or other signs of osteoporosis.

Patient Preparation for Bone Density Examination

On the day of your examination you can eat normally. You should not take calcium supplements for at least 24 hours before your examination. You should wear loose, comfortable clothes, avoiding garments that have zippers, straps or buttons that are made of metal. Tell your doctor if you have recently undergone a barium examination or have your …

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