Osteoporosis is a condition that causes thinning and weakening of the normal bone. The most effective way to screen for osteoporosis is with a bone density test.
Bone Density Testing
- Identifies decreases in bone density
- Determines the risk of broken bones (fractures)
- Confirms a diagnosis of osteoporosis
- Is used to monitor treatment of osteoporosis
What is a Bone Density Test?
Also called bone densitometry or dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA or DEXA), a bone density scan is a form of X-ray technology used to measure bone loss. The test is most often performed on the lower spine and hips, and its results can help diagnose osteoporosis and track progress during treatment.
Who Should be Screened?
A bone density scan is typically recommended for
- Women in menopause
- People who have been on steroid treatments (for example asthma)
- Patients who have undergone chemotherapy
- Patients who have had pathologic treatments causing a decrease in bone density
Bone Density Screenings are performed at Rolling Oaks–St. John’s at 1700 N. Rose Ave. Suite 110, Oxnard, CA 93030 (in the Medical Pavilion).
To schedule your bone density screening, please call (805) 983-0883 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.