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Can a DEXA bone density scan show something an X-ray doesn't?

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Dr. Michael Gabor
Diagnostic Radiology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes,

it quantifies your bone density.
This can't be done on conventional X-rays.

In brief: Yes,

it quantifies your bone density.
This can't be done on conventional X-rays.
Dr. Michael Gabor
Dr. Michael Gabor
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Dr. James Chu
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Quantify bonemineral

The dexa scan is a special x-ray scan designed to quantify bone mineral density (bmd) in the spine, hips and forearm. These bmd values are calculated by computer, and can help to predict future risks for fractures.
Very low bmd can possibly signify 'osteoporosis', while intermediate low bmd can sometimes be considered 'osteopenia'. The bmd is one of many factors used to measure fracture risk.

In brief: Quantify bonemineral

The dexa scan is a special x-ray scan designed to quantify bone mineral density (bmd) in the spine, hips and forearm. These bmd values are calculated by computer, and can help to predict future risks for fractures.
Very low bmd can possibly signify 'osteoporosis', while intermediate low bmd can sometimes be considered 'osteopenia'. The bmd is one of many factors used to measure fracture risk.
Dr. James Chu
Dr. James Chu
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Dr. Paul Dorio
Radiology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Complementary tests

A dexa quantifies the bone mineral density of the bones examined.
An x-ray evaluates the bone mineral density qualitatively as well as the integrity of the bone and looks for disorders such as fractures, metabolic abnormalities, cancer.

In brief: Complementary tests

A dexa quantifies the bone mineral density of the bones examined.
An x-ray evaluates the bone mineral density qualitatively as well as the integrity of the bone and looks for disorders such as fractures, metabolic abnormalities, cancer.
Dr. Paul Dorio
Dr. Paul Dorio
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