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Radiology & Medical Imaging

DEXA (Bone Densitometry)

How is bone mineral density measured?

You must bring your prescription (order form) with you to the examination.
Please follow these instructions carefully.


  • Take no calcium supplements (prescription or over the counter) for 24 hours prior to the exam.
  • The patient should not undergo any imaging studies containing contrast within one week prior to the exam, (CT scan, IVP, Nuclear Medicine, etc).

If you have any questions regarding these instructions, call 703.558.8500.


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