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Bone density measurement (osteodensitometry) is an important component in the diagnosis of osteoporosis or its precursor (osteopenia). The DEXA measurement makes it possible to determine the density (strength) of the skeleton by separating fat and muscle from it.

Medical professional operates MRI machine while patient is being examined.

This is how your bone density measurement works

In bone density measurement, the mineral content of the bones is determined using the DEXA method (dual energy x-ray absorptiometry). In this special type of X-ray examination, we use two X-rays of different strengths. By attenuating them in the bone, our radiologists can draw conclusions about the bone mass. The bone density in the lumbar spine and femoral neck, and occasionally also in the wrist, is measured in a standardised manner. The measured value is categorised by comparing it with the average values of a large group of people.

Bone densitometry (DEX) information sheet

Are you planning a bone density measurement? We have compiled all the important information for you in the following document.

Bone density measurement leaflet


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