Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) - Bone Density

What is DEXA?

DEXA (Dual Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry) is a simple test that can determine your risk for developing a fracture.

How long does a DEXA scan take, and will it hurt?

The typical length of time for a DEXA scan is 20 minutes, and the scan is completely painless.

Are there any special preparations I need to do before my exam?

Yes, patients should discontinue all calcium supplements 24 hours prior to the exam.p>

Will my insurance company pay for the DEXA scan?

Many insurance companies now pay for DEXA scans.  Medicare will generally also pay for a bone mineral measurement assessment once every two years. When medically necessary, Medicare may pay for additional screenings. Please check with your appropriate form of insurance for specific coverage details.

Where do I go when I arrive at GBMC for my DEXA appointment?

Upon arriving at the GBMC campus, follow the signs to Rose Park. Enter the hospital via the Main Lobby and go to the front desk where you will be greeted by a receptionist. The receptionist will register you and escort you to the Radiology Reception Area. We ask that you arrive 30 minutes prior to your appointment time.

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