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Who Should Get a DEXA Scan?

At Heath Lodge Clinic, we understand that some scans can be confusing. A DEXA/DXA scan, or Dual-Energy X-ray Absorptiometry, is the gold standard for measuring bone density and diagnosing osteoporosis. If you’re curious about who should get a DEXA scan, be sure to read this blog!

Postmenopausal Women
Women who have gone through menopause are at a higher risk of osteoporosis due to the decrease in estrogen, a hormone that helps maintain bone density. We can help detect early bone loss, enabling timely intervention and treatment.

Individuals with a Family History of Osteoporosis
If you have a close relative who has been diagnosed with osteoporosis or has experienced fractures, you may be at a higher risk. By coming us here at Heath Lodge, we can help assess your bone health and allow for preventive measures.

Long-term Steroid Users
Chronic use of corticosteroids can lead to a decrease in bone density, increasing the risk of osteoporosis. Individuals on long-term steroid therapy should consider regular DEXA scans to monitor their bone health.

People with Certain Medical Conditions
Conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, chronic kidney disease, and hyperthyroidism can affect bone density. Patients with these conditions are people who should get a DEXA scan and would benefit from regular scans to keep an eye on their bone health.

Those Who Have Experienced Fractures
If you have suffered fractures from minor incidents, it might be a sign of low bone density or osteoporosis. Once again getting checked can help diagnose the underlying cause and guide treatment.

Men Over 70
While osteoporosis is more common in women, men are also at risk, especially as they age. Men over the age of 70 should consider getting a DEXA scan to check for bone density loss.

Lifestyle Factors
Individuals with certain lifestyle factors, such as smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, or a diet low in calcium and vitamin D, are at higher risk of developing osteoporosis. A scan can provide a clear picture of bone health and help make necessary lifestyle changes.

Early Menopause
Women who experience early menopause are at a higher risk for osteoporosis due to prolonged periods of low estrogen levels. A scan can be an important tool in monitoring bone health for these individuals.

A DEXA scan is a crucial diagnostic tool for assessing bone health and diagnosing osteoporosis. If you fall into any of the above categories, consider discussing with your healthcare provider whether a scan is right for you. Early detection of low bone density can lead to effective interventions and a healthier, more active life.

For more information on DEXA scanning services, visit our DEXA Scanning page.