A dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA) scan is a test that takes measurements of the bone density in the lower spine and/or the hip. This information helps determine how strong your child's bones are. It may also include information on the amount of your child's body weight that is made of bone, muscle and fat. The DXA scan is a test doctors use to help prevent fractures. It also helps them monitor treatment for conditions that cause weakened bones.
Certain conditions and medications can decrease your child's bone health. Weaker bones are more likely to fracture. It is important to monitor bone density to help prevent problems.
It takes about 15 minutes.
The X-ray exposure is less than what you receive during a cross-country airplane trip or in two hours of sunshine.
To schedule a DXA scan, please call 215-590-3326.