DEXA Scan – Bone Density Test
DEXA stands for Dual Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry and is the most widely used test to measure bone mineral density. A DEXA bone density test is more accurate than a regular x-rays or CAT scans and requires less radiation exposure.
DEXA Bone Density Test
DEXA scans are now the best method of diagnosing and monitoring osteopenia and osteoporosis. The National Osteoporosis Foundation’s guidelines1 state that women over 65, younger post menopausal women who have any osteoporosis risk factors and aging men with any osteoporosis risk factors should be tested with DEXA scans.
These tests provide a T-score which is a measure of bone mineral density that compares an individual’s bone mineral density to an optimal 30 year old healthy adult’s bone density. A “T-Score” of -1.0 and above indicates normal bone density. A T-score of -1.0 to -2.5 indicates that a person is considered to have low bone mass – a condition called osteopenia. A score below -2.5 indicates osteoporosis.
The results of your bone density test will give you a T-score. The T-score compares your bone density with that of an average healthy young adult of your sex. Below you will see how to interpret your T-score.
- Above -1 = Your bone density is considered normal
- Between -1 and -2.5 = Your score is a sign of osteopenia, a condition in which bone density is below normal and may lead to osteoporosis
- Below -2.5 = Your bone density indicates you have osteoporosis
A Very good Video Explaining a Bone Density Scan
The AlgaeCal Bone Health Program is using DEXA scans to monitor the bone density of patients participating in a significant clinical study being conducted by an independant team of investigators.
AlgaeCal International encourages all current and future customers to measure their bone density with a DEXA scan, and will guarantee an increase in bone mineral density through the use of AlgaeCal and Strontium Boost in as little as 180 days.
(1) National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) http://www.nof.org/
DEXA Scan Clinic Directory
Below is a directory of clinics that offer DEXA scans in your area:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Mobile DEXA scans and body composition imaging in the Vancouver British Columbia area
Vancouver DEXA Scan
More coming soon, if you would like to see your DEXA scan clinic listed here please contact us