Bone Densitometry (DXA)

One of the most effective ways to detect osteoporosis is through a bone density exam (DXA scan).  This is performed with state-of-the-art technology and is painless and non-invasive.  While lying still on a padded table, the technologist moves the arm of the equipment to the examined area of the body.  A computer, which is connected to the equipment, displays an image of the examined area.  The images are analyzed to obtain the bone density measurements.  The results are then interpreted by the radiologist.  As always, our emphasis at Washington Health System Washington Hospital is on quality care, and our caring and professional staff is very sensitive to your needs.  The X-ray exposure is minimal, and the procedure takes approximately 30 minutes.  During the procedure, our technologist collects information about your current lifestyle and physical condition.  A full report of the test results is sent to your ordering physician.


The exam determines:

  • The calcium mineral content of the examined areas by comparing each patient’s results with others within the same age and gender in a national database

  • The risk for developing bone fractures of hip and spine

  • The rate of bone loss because of aging and menopause

  • The therapeutic effect of medications commonly prescribed for treating osteoporosis

Physician referral is needed for a DXA scan.  Please call (724) 223-3313 for an appointment.

If you are not sure about the terms of your insurance, please call and ask if dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) is covered.