- Evaluation of Abnormal Uterine Bleeding
- Annual Well Women Exams, Pap smears & HPV testing
- Adolescent Gynecology
- Diagnosis and Management of Urinary Incontinence
- Diagnosis and Treatment of Pelvic Floor Disorder
- Gardasil Vaccinations, www.gardasil.com
- Genetic Testing ( familial cancers and diseases)
- Management of Menopausal Issues and Hormone Replacement
- Permanent Sterilization
- Preconception Counseling
What is a Bone Density Scan (DXA)?
What are some common uses of the procedure?
DXA is most often used to diagnose osteoporosis, a condition that often affects women after menopause but may also be found in men. Osteoporosis involves a gradual loss of calcium, as well as structural changes, causing the bones to become thinner, more fragile and more likely to break.
DXA is also effective in tracking the effects of treatment for osteoporosis and other conditions that cause bone loss.
The DXA test can also assess an individual's risk for developing fractures. The risk of fracture is affected by age, body weight, history of prior fracture, family history of osteoporotic fractures and life style issues such as cigarette smoking and excessive alcohol consumption. These factors are taken into consideration when deciding if a patient needs therapy.
How should I prepare?
On the day of the exam you may eat normally. You should not take calcium supplements for at least 24 hours before your exam.
You should wear loose, comfortable clothing, avoiding garments that have zippers, belts or buttons made of metal.
If you recently had a barium examination or have been injected with a contrast material for a computed tomography (CT) scan or radioisotope scan. You will have to wait 10 to 14 days before undergoing a DXA test.
Women should always inform their physician and x-ray technologist if there is any possibility that they are pregnant.
What will I experience during and after the procedure?
Bone density tests are a quick and painless procedure. The DXA bone density test is usually completed within 10 to 30 minutes
Routine evaluations every two years may be needed to see a significant change in bone mineral density, decrease or increase.