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Bone Density Scanner | DEXA (DXA) Scanner | Henry Schein

Bone Density Scanner | DEXA (DXA) Scanner | Henry Schein

Bone Density Scanner | DEXA (DXA) Scanner

Bone Density Scanner / DEXA (DXA) Scan

More than 50 million U.S. residents are 65 or older, and that number is growing.¹ As our population continues to mature, vital health screenings for age-related conditions like fractures and osteoporosis will often be considered.

Bone Density Scanners / DEXA Scanners examine bone density strength and may provide valuable health insights, allowing you to monitor bone loss over time, and prevent future fractures. Henry Schein Medical features the Hologic® line of Bone Densitometers, specifically designed to provide powerful images, clear answers, and fracture risk assessments.

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Hologic® Bone Densitometers

Osteoporosis is detectable and treatable. And, whether you are a large hospital or small office, testing is safe and noninvasive. Hologic bone densitometry systems offer you a single platform to support a wide range of patients over a lifetime of care.

DEXA (DXA) Scan: Bone Density Test

The Horizon DEXA (DXA) System offers a multi-element detector array that incorporates the same high-definition technology used in modern CT devices. Capture highly detailed images you can trust – even when imaging large, obese patients. With its low-noise detectors, the Horizon DEXA (DXA) provides the power to assess an expanded range of clinical conditions with speed and precision. Hologic’s detector array also works in concert with a new high-capacity X-ray generator to increase heat-load capacity for longer life — with no cool-down time. Not only does this help increase patient throughput, but it also improves image quality. The Horizon DEXA (DXA) System’s remarkable, high-resolution images are designed to enrich lives — yours and your patients.


  • Atypical Femur Fracture Assessment
  • Abdominal Aortic Calcification
  • Instant Vertebral Assessment™ Scan with low-dose image in 10 seconds
  • BMD Histogram
  • Hologic’s exclusive Internal Dynamic Calibration System

Is DEXA (DXA) Right for Me? Helpful Information to Share with Your Patients

What does the acronym DEXA Stand for?

Dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry.

DEXA vs. DXA: What's the difference?

DEXA and DXA are acronyms that both refer to Dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry.

What is a DEXA Scanner?

A DEXA Scanner uses low level X-rays to measure bone density and mineral content. These scans are often used to help diagnose osteoporosis within the hips, wrists, or spine.

How Does a DEXA Scan work?

  1. The patient will lie down on the DEXA X-ray table, positioning devices may be used to ensure accuracy.
  2. The arm of the DEXA scanner will scan the patient's body using two different, lower radiation beams.
  3. Bone density measurement data will be translated into images/graphs which are then interpreted and reviewed.

When do Patients Get a DEXA Scan?

  • Certain risk factors may dictate obtaining a scan as early as age 50. Broken bones and other illnesses can impact future bone health.
  • The Bone Health & Osteoporosis Foundation recommends women who are 65 and older and men who are 70 and older receive a DEXA scan. However, certain women aged 50–64 years and men aged 50–69 years with risk factors including previous fractures, a family history of osteoporosis, vitamin deficiencies, smoking and excessive alcohol intake, may benefit from scanning earlier.
  • Since women lose bone mass earlier than men, it is often recommended for women to receive a DEXA scan earlier in life.

How Long Does a DEXA Scan Take

A DEXA Scan takes about 25 minutes to perform.

How Often Should a Patient Receive a DEXA Scan?

A patient usually receives a DEXA scan once every two years.

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