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DEXA Bone Density

Gold Standard in Measuring Bone Density

Also known as bone mineral density testing, DEXA is the gold standard for diagnosing patients who have or are at risk for osteoporosis — a disease that causes bone to become more fragile over time. This scan can help determine if bones are starting to become porous or thin before a bone is broken. Using the DEXA assessment, a follow-up plan can be developed to slow or reverse the process. 

At Washington Radiology, we follow the recommendations of the American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology, and suggest that women begin bone density screenings at age 65. We also recommend that younger women only get screened if there are significant risk factors such as low BMI, a history of smoking, daily alcohol use, or rheumatoid arthritis.

Locations

Washington, DC
University Medical Building
2141 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20037
P: 202-223-9722 | F: 202-659-2819
HOURS: 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday
Limited Services Available

Hours vary by service. See this page for details.


Chevy Chase, MD
Chase Tower
4445 Willard Avenue, Suite 200, Chevy Chase, MD 20815
P: 301-654-4242 | F: 301-907-7414
HOURS: 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday

Hours vary by service. See this page for details.

Bethesda, MD
Camalier Building
10215 Fernwood Road, Suite 103, Bethesda, MD 20817
P: 301-564-1053 | F: 301-493-8522
HOURS: 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday
Limited Services Available
Fairfax, VA
Four Seasons Three
3022 Williams Drive, Suites 104, 200, 204, Fairfax, VA 22031
P: 703-698-8800 | F: 703-573-2318
HOURS: 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday
Limited Services Available

Hours vary by service. See this page for details.

Sterling, VA
Lakeside @ Loudoun Tech Center I
21351 Ridgetop Circle, Suites 100, 150, Sterling, VA 20166
P: 571-434-0140 | F: 571-434-0144
HOURS: 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday
7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., September 25 (screening mammograms only)
7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., October 2 (screening mammograms only)
Arlington/Ballston, VA
Fairgate at Ballston
1005 North Glebe Road, Suite 110, Arlington, VA 22201
P: 703-280-1410 | F: 703-280-4751
HOURS: 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday, Thursday, Friday
7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday
Limited Services Available
Potomac, MD
Park Potomac
12505 Park Potomac Avenue, Suite 120, Potomac, MD 20854
P: 240-223-4700 | F: 240-223-4701
HOURS: 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday
Limited Services Available

Preparing For Your Bone Density Exam

Patient peace of mind starts with the right preparation. To obtain the best possible study results, it is important that you follow the instructions below.

During scheduling, a Washington Radiology team member will review with you the preparation instructions specific to your DEXA exam. These instructions are repeated here for easy reference.

In addition to the written order from your doctor, please remember to bring to your appointment any prior images or reports from outside Washington Radiology if related to the reason for your visit with us.  

  • Unless instructed otherwise, eat normally on the day of the exam.
  • No calcium supplements for 24 hours prior to your appointment.
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing. Sweat suits and other casual attire without zippers, buttons, grommets or any
    metal are preferred.
  • You should not have had a barium study, radioisotope injection, oral contrast material from a CT scan or MRI, or any X-ray contrast study within 7 days prior to your DEXA exam.

If you have any follow-up questions about these important preparations, please contact the Washington Radiology office where your exam is scheduled and ask to speak with the Technologist.