There are two ways to test bone density; the most accurate and most commonly used method is a dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry scan, states MedlinePlus. Central DEXA is a low-dose X-ray machine which requires a patient t... More » Health Diagnostics & Imaging

A bone density test is very similar to an X-ray where the person undergoing the test lies on a padded platform, and a mechanical arm moves over them, according to Mayo Clinic. The test takes from 10 to 30 minutes, and ra... More » Health Diagnostics & Imaging

A bone density test is a quick, painless procedure that requires no preparation on the patient's part, according to Mayo Clinic. The test should take about 10 to 30 minutes and can be done in a doctor's office, pharmacy ... More » Health Diagnostics & Imaging
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Dual X-ray absorptiometry, known colloquially as a bone density scan, measures the density of bone using X-ray beams, according to WebMD, Bone density scans are often referred to as DXA or DEXA, duel energy X-ray absorpt... More » Health Diagnostics & Imaging

Doctors measure bone density by X-ray, as the test measures the amount of calcium in a particular segment of bone, according to Mayo Clinic. The most common bones that doctors test are the hips, spine, heel and forearm. More » Health Diagnostics & Imaging

A bone density scan is a test used to measure bone loss, according to the Radiological Society of North America. It is most often used to measure bone loss due to osteoporosis. More » Health Diagnostics & Imaging

According to WebMD, a DEXA scan, also known as dual energy X-ray absorptiometry, is a noninvasive medical technique used for evaluating bone health. It uses two X-ray beams of different energies to measure bone mineral d... More » Health Diagnostics & Imaging