What is Dexa Scan?

To accurately detect osteoporosis, doctors commonly use Dexa bone densitometry to measure bone mineral density (BMD). Dexa is a quick, painless procedure for measuring bone loss. Measurement of the lower spine and hips are most often done.

Patient Instructions

  • No Calcium or Vitamin D the morning of your procedure
  • No Zippers, snaps or metal around the waist
  • Dexa Scans are performed in Medical Arts Pavillion 1, Suite¬†200 on the Christiana Hospital Campus


What will I experience during this exam?

Dexa bone densitometry is a simple, painless, and non-invasive procedure. Once on the examination table, you may be asked to remain still and to hold an awkward position for a short period of time while the machine takes measurements.  The entire procedure only takes 5-10 minutes.