A DEXA scan or BMD scan (Bone mineral density scan) is used to know the strength of your bones, ie., their mineral density. It is also used in the diagnosis and follow-up of osteoporosis. Women who are over 45 years of age (postmenopausal) and men over 50 years of age develop osteoporosis and hence are susceptible to fractures with minor trauma. Vitamin D, Calcium, Phosphorus deficiency and lack of exposure to sunlight can trigger osteoporosis.
Why should you take a DEXA Scan?
- Get a comprehensive and accurate reading of your body composition with a detailed breakdown of your body composition including muscle, bone, and fat mass.
- Understand your risk for developing obesity and related diseases
- Helps you track changes in your body composition over time
- Obtain a better understanding of your risk for diseases
Preparation for DEXA Scan:
The DEXA scanning procedure is painless and takes about 15 minutes to complete. It is important to prepare for the scan by avoiding certain activities that can interfere with the results. For example, you should not have a barium enema or any other type of contrast study within two weeks of the scan. You should also not take calcium supplements or antacids for at least 24 hours before the test. If you are scheduled for a scan, be sure to follow your doctor’s instructions so that the test can be accurately interpreted.
DEXA Scan at Aarthi Scans and Labs
Please visit the following centres for DEXA Scan or Bone Mineral Density Scan – Chennai (Vadapalani, Alwarpet, Anna Nagar, Tambaram, Tondiarpet, Velachery, Kilpauk), Tamilnadu (Tirunelveli, Madurai), Bangalore (Jayanagar, Indiranagar).
Cost of Dexa Scan or Bone Mineral density scan at Aarthi Scans and Labs – Rs 3000 for the whole body.