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. This information is used to estimate the strength of your bones.
A DXA test is done to check for bone thinning and weakness, which can make it easier for you to break a bone. It is often done for:
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 call line 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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Current as of: May 12, 2017
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