When would a DEXA scan be necessary?

Category: Dexa Scan
When would a DEXA scan be necessary?
Anonymous 01/27/2016

1 Answer(s)

Although DEXA scans are used most commonly to detect osteoporosis and the effects of preventative treatment, they are also used to evaluate someones risk of developing bone fractures. This risk is determined by a variety of both hereditary and lifestyle factors, and those who have more of these risk factors are strongly recommended to receive DEXA scans. Factors include:
  • - Has had x-rays showing signs of osteoporosis
  • - Older patients who have lost an inch or more in height
  • - Thyroid and parathyroid conditions
  • - Family history of hip fracture or osteoporosis
  • - Personal history of smoking
  • - Have experienced a fracture as a result of minor trauma
  • - Have used medication(s) that cause bone loss
  • - Post-menopausal women who are over 57 or under 125 lbs.
  • - Type 1 diabetes
  • - Liver or kidney disease
Vish Banthia 06/30/2016


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