A dual energy X-ray absorptiometry scan (DXA) is a way of measuring your child’s bone mineral density. Bone mineral density is a good indicator of your child’s health. Children with GI disorders and other health conditions are at risk for low bone density. This test can help determine the health and strength of your child's bones.
For most children, this test involves taking an image of the child’s spine and whole body. Depending on your child's needs, we may take an image of another part of the body.
CHOP's analysis of these scans is unique in that our clinicians compare your child's scan to normative data we have compiled from other children, not standard adult values. This information is then used by your child’s physician to calculate your child’s bone density.
This test is only available at CHOP’s Main Campus.