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Dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA, previously DEXA) is a means of measuring bone mineral density (BMD). It is used to determine the “hardness” of a patient’s bones, particularly the lower back and hips, which are evaluated in a standard bone density test.
As patients experience calcium loss in their bones for various reasons, they may be more prone to fractures. Some of these factors include:
While this test is more commonly prescribed for women, men and children are frequently evaluated based on their physician’s recommendation.
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