DEXA Scan Test

What is a DEXA Scan Test?

It is a high-precision kind of X-ray scan that is used to measure bone loss and mineral density. It is also known as the DEXA scan (BMD & whole body composition) test, bone scan test, bone densitometry, or dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry. If you have a lower bone density when compared to the normal needed for your age, you are at risk of bone fractures and osteoporosis.

DEXA stands for “Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry”. In 1987, this machine was used commercially.  This scan machine work in a way that it sends two X-ray beams of different peak energy frequencies to the target bone.

One of the peak frequencies is absorbed by a bone and the other by soft tissue. The subtraction of soft tissue frequency absorbed from the complete or total absorption, the remaining result is bone mineral density.

DEXA or Bone Scan test in Pakistan is a special radiology test. It is accurate, noninvasive, and fast as compared to the traditional normal X-ray scan. The radiation used in this bone density scan is of extremely low level, thus making it a safe test.

In post-menopausal women, a DEXA scan is one of the best methods for checking bone mineral density.

DEXA Scan Price in Pakistan

The bone scan test price in Pakistan range from (5000-7500) Rupee. The DEXA scan price in Pakistan varies depending upon the lab and city you are choosing to get your test. However, to get a discount on DEXA scan costs in Lahore, Karachi, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Multan, and other major cities, you can book your test from Healthwire.pk.

How Can I Book a DEXA Scan Test Near Me?

You can easily book a DEXA test online. For efficient service and affordable bone scan test prices in Lahore, Karachi, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, and other major cities, you can rely on Healthwire. You can call us at 042352500989/02137130261 or click on the test for instant booking of the bone scan test.

To book your bone scan/DEXA scan test:

  • You can simply click on the lab test online via our web healthwire.pk or Healthwire app
  • Select the DEXA scan test or upload prescription
  • Pay in cash or online (debit/credit card, jazzcash)
  • Our representative will call you for confirmation

You can also call us at 042352500989 or click on the test for instant booking. You can also avail discount on the bone scan (DEXA scan) test rate if you book your test via healthwire.pk.

How Do You Prepare for a DEXA Bone Density Scan?

The DEXA Scan is mostly used for outpatient procedures. It is for both males and females and people of all age groups. No special preparation is needed except that you need avoid taking calcium supplements for about 24 hrs before the test. You can wear comfortable clothing. However, you may need to remove any clothes having hooks, zippers, or metal fasteners depending upon the body part that needs to be scanned.

You would even be asked to remove any jewelry, anything that is a metal such as keys, and may also be asked to wear a hospital gown for the examination.

You are also required to inform your doctor about your medical history or if you just had a CT Scan. Because then you might have to wait for a week to undergo a bone density scan.

Again if you are an expecting mother, you need to consult your doctor for special precautions.

Why is DEXA Scan Done?

This test is conducted in order to check:

It is a special radiology test that is conducted on a daily basis in the labs of Lahore, Karachi, Multan, Rawalpindi, Islamabad, and other major cities. The DEXA scan normally is used for the hips or lower spine.  The accuracy of the DEXA scan is great as compared to a normal X-ray, it can measure within 2-4 % precision. Before this DEXA scan, the only sign of low bone density would be when an elder (older person) suffer from a broken bone.

When is a DEXA Scan Performed?

A doctor would recommend a bone density scan or DEXA scan if

  • If you suffer from any symptoms of osteoporosis.
  • If you are of 60+ age (woman 65 years or above and a man over 70 years of age).
  • If you had suffered from a broken bone after the age of 50.
  • If you are a postmenopausal woman with high risk or if you are a man of age between 50-59.

The risk factors of osteoporosis are: 

  • Low body mass index
  • Use of alcohol
  • Use of tobacco
  • Physical inactivity
  • Diseases e.g rheumatoid arthritis
  • Decrease in height
  • Previous fractures
  • Use of corticosteroids and some other medications/drugs

How Do You Read DEXA Scan Results?

A radiologist is a specialist medical practitioner who will be able to guide you about your DEXA scan result. 

The DEXA scan measures the bone loss against that of normal values for a young adult as per health standards or WHO recommendations. This is known as your T score. It is basically the standard deviation between the average and your measured bone loss.

  • -1 or above is considered the normal value or score.
  • -1.1 to -2.4 score is considered states as osteopenia and a high risk of bone fracture
  • -2.5 or above score state that it is osteoporosis and again a high risk of bone fracture.

A “Z score” may also be given to your results which are then compared with the people of your age group.

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