The procedure which involves the evaluation of bone mineral density is called a DEXA scan (Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry). DEXA scan is one of the best detectors of bone mineral density. The use of low dose radiation in conjunction with highly sophisticated computerized analysis provides unique and accurate information. It measures bone mineralization and detects osteoporosis or bone loss due to menopause, medications or other risk factors.
Bone densitometry involves an extremely small dose of radiation. How small? An AP spine scan delivers less than one-tenth the dosage of a chest X-ray. It is comparable to the amount received on a transcontinental airline flight.
Mercy Imaging Centers offer bone densitometry at three locations throughout the greater Sacramento area. All of our offices are staffed and operated to assure the highest quality patient care. We work closely with all of our patients and offer a comfortable and private setting, staffed by our team of qualified professionals.