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Dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) is a test that uses two different X-ray beams to check bone thickness (density) in your spine and hip.
Bone density testing is often done for:
The DXA scan, which scans the hip and lower spine, takes about 20 minutes. Other kinds of bone density scans may take 30 to 45 minutes.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to keep a list of the medicines you take. Ask your doctor when you can expect to have your test results.
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Adaptation Date: 2/24/2022
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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