DEXA Scan Bone Density Test

The DEXA Scan is a bone density test (or bone mineral density test) that measures your bone strength and is used to help diagnose osteoporosis. We recommend this test for all women 65 and over, those with osteoporosis risk factors such as smoking and heredity, and all postmenopausal women with fractures.

DEXA stands for Dual Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry, and the test measures the bone density in your spine or hip to help gauge your fracture risk. Two x-ray beams with different energy levels are aimed at your bones, and your doctor can determine your bone density based on the absorption of each beam by the bone.

Scanning usually takes 10 to 20 minutes to complete and is painless, and there are no known risks associated with having the DEXA bone density test. The results help to screen for osteoporosis and determine any preventative treatments and medications. They are also important to help guide prescriptions for hormone replacement therapies.

If you fall within the recommended testing parameters and haven’t had a DEXA Scan, talk to one of our doctors about scheduling one.


Cheyenne Women’s Clinic
3952 Parkview Dr.
Cheyenne, WY 82001

We are located at the corner of Parkview and College,
one block south of Dell Range.

Hours: Mon-Thurs 8-5 | Fri 8-3
Phone: 307-637-7700

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