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what is the difference between a dexa bone density scan and x-ray?

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Dr. Robert Lang
Endocrinology 52 years experience
Dose and accuracy: The DEXA uses a very small dose of x-ray compared to a regular x-ray and it is designed to measure density not produce a high quality picture. A regular x-ray is designed to produce a high quality picture and is a poor measure of density.
Dr. Georgianne Snowden
Interventional Radiology 34 years experience
DEXA uses CT: A DEXA scan uses cat scan and measures absorption of the x-ray to come up with a bone density measurement that can then be compared to age-matched normals. X-ray is a simple radiograph that makes an image, but is not able to quantitate bone density.
Dr. Michael Gabor
Diagnostic Radiology 33 years experience
DEXA is different from CT bone densitometry. DEXA does not use CT. DEXA computes bone density by measuring the differences in attenuation between 2 X-ray beams of differing energy(Dual Energy, the DE in DEXA) after they pass through the body, usually the hip and spine for standard exam.
Jul 11, 2014
Dr. Michael Gabor
Diagnostic Radiology 33 years experience
Nothing: The DEXA scan actually uses two low dose X-rays of different energy. By measuring the differences in how they are absorbed, bone density can be calculated.

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