Bone Density Screening
Know Your Bone Strength.
DEXA and VFA are two simple screening tools that accurately measure bone density to help prevent osteoporosis. Also known as bone mineral density testing, DEXA is a simple X-ray scan to determine if patients have or are at risk for osteoporosis — a disease that causes bone to become more porous and brittle. After age 35, both men and women lose bone at a greater rate than it forms, causing bone loss. Women start to lose bone at a much more rapid rate after menopause.
DEXA and VFA
Two fast and effective screening tools that accurately measure bone density to help monitor and reduce your risk of osteoporosis.
DEXA scan (Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry) is used to measure bone mineral content in specific areas of the body such as the spine and hip, which are the most reliable bone structures for accurately measuring density. This scan can help determine if bones are starting to thin before a bone is broken.
At Washington Radiology, we offer Vertebral Fracture Assessment (VFA) which is a 10-second X-ray of the spine taken in combination with DEXA. With VFA, doctors can see existing vertebral (spine) fractures, which may indicate the need for more aggressive treatment, even if the DEXA results are in the “normal” range. Not all patients need a VFA, however, using VFA when clinically indicated can be especially beneficial in assessing bone health.