DEXA - Bone Density Testing

DEXABone density testing is the single most useful procedure in the diagnosis of osteoporosis and the evaluation of fracture risk. Hamilton General Hospital Radiology Department is equipped with DEXA, state-of-the-art x-ray technology to accurately and painlessly measure bone density.

The most common type of bone disease, osteoporosis is the thinning of bone tissue and loss of bone density over time. Osteoporosis can lead to debilitating fractures.

The leading cause of osteoporosis is a drop in hormone levels making women over age 50 and men over age 70 at the highest risk. Other risk factors include:

  • family history
  • low body weight
  • low calcium intake
  • high alcohol or caffiene consumption
  • smoking
  • physical inactivity
  • certain metabolic bone disorders

While there is no cure for osteoporosis, progression of the disease can be slowed or stopped and bones can be strengthened through treatment.

Hamilton General Hospital offers DEXA bone density testing for use in diagnosing osteoporosis and determining bone fracture risk. During a DEXA test, bone density is measured in various places throughout the body, such as the hip, spine, heel, forearm and finger. The bone density test uses low dosage x-ray making it simple, painless and a relatively quick procedure.

Speak with your practitioner to schedule your bone density test at Hamilton General Hospital.