Bone density scanning, also called dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DEXA or DXA) or bone densitometry, is an enhanced form of x-ray technology that is used to measure bone loss. DEXA is today's established standard for measuring bone mineral density (BMD) to assess a patient for osteopenia (diminished bone density) or osteoporosis (when bones become brittle and fragile from loss of tissue).
Our Rheumatology practices employ the latest technology to measure and monitor patients’ bone density. The simple 20-minute procedure uses very low radiation exposure. In addition, we are able to scan the spine to look for any new compression fractures or changes to existing ones.
Our onsite x-ray technicians and x-ray equipment are valuable assets to our Rheumatology practices. This service helps us centralize your treatments, get information in a timely fashion, and make your life a little easier. Having radiology capability immediately available also helps to provide a faster, more accurate diagnosis. When you are in pain, every minute counts.
Oral medications sometimes are ineffective, and patient care requires intravenous therapy. We have a comfortable, convenient in-house infusion suite where up to three patients at a time can get the treatment they need. To make the time pass as pleasantly as possible, there is free Wi-Fi service, and complimentary beverages, snacks and light lunches are available.
Lab tests aid in the diagnosis of and screening for rheumatologic diseases. Blood also is drawn to monitor for medication side effects, allowing the physicians to prescribe safely and effectively.
We believe that the discomfort caused by inflammatory diseases should not be compounded by inconvenient trips to medical labs. Our in-house Lifespan Lab has two full-time phlebotomists on staff to take care of your testing needs.
Before your appointment for bone density scanning
• Bring your completed paperwork or arrive early, allowing time to complete it at the office.
• If you take calcium supplements, vitamin D In pill form, and/or a multi-vitamin that contains calcium, you MUST stop taking these supplements 48 hours before your test to ensure accurate test results. You may resume taking your supplements immediately following the test.
Preparing for Your Infusion
• Bring a list of all current medications. While this information will likely be on record, it is best to have it on hand.
• Be informed about the medication you have been prescribed. Ask questions or do some web research.
• Some infusions can take several hours, so wear comfortable clothing. The therapy may make you a bit chilly, so bringing a sweater or small blanket is a good idea.
• Bring something to pass the time. While the infusion suite has a television, it is also equipped with Wi-Fi for internet access. Bring a novel, your knitting, a book of crosswords or sudoku.