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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 Machine

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 Scan machines 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.

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.


Purchase The Horizon DEXA (DXA) Scanner

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Hologic® Bone Density Scanner

DEXA Scan Machine

Horizon DEXA Scan Machine
The Horizon DEXA (DXA) Scanner 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.

Features:

  • 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

What Does the Acronym DEXA Stand For?

Dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry.


DEXA vs. DXA: What's the difference?

DEXA and DXA both refer to Dual-Energy X-ray Absorptiometry. Some medical professionals and health care institutions may use the term DEXA, while others may use DXA. There is no real difference between DEXA and DXA, and the terms can be used interchangeably.


What is a Bone Density Scanner?

As a medical professional, you know that bone health is a critical aspect of overall health and wellness. Bone density scanners are a valuable tool for diagnosing and monitoring bone health, particularly in patients who are at risk for or already have osteoporosis.

A bone density scanner, also known as a dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) scan machine, is a specialized type of X-ray machine that measures the density of bones. The scanner works by sending two low-dose X-ray beams through the bones being examined, and then measuring the amount of radiation that passes through them. This information is used to calculate the bone mineral density (BMD), which is an important indicator of bone health and strength.

DEXA scan machines are particularly useful for diagnosing and monitoring osteoporosis, a condition in which bones become weak and brittle, increasing the risk of fractures. The scans are painless, non-invasive, and take only a few minutes to complete. They are typically performed on the hip and spine, which are the areas of the body most commonly affected by osteoporosis.


How does a DEXA Scanner work?

The DEXA scanner works by sending two low-dose X-ray beams through the bones being examined, and then measuring the amount of radiation that passes through them. This information is used to calculate the bone mineral density (BMD), which is an important indicator of bone health and strength.


Diagnosing Osteoporosis in Patients

Bone density scanners are particularly useful for diagnosing and monitoring osteoporosis, a condition in which bones become weak and brittle, increasing the risk of fractures. DEXA scans are painless, non-invasive, and take only a few minutes to complete. They are typically performed on the hip and spine, which are the areas of the body most commonly affected by osteoporosis.


When do Patients Get a DEXA Scan?

As a medical professional, you can use bone density scanners to identify patients who are at risk for osteoporosis and other bone-related conditions, as well as to monitor the effectiveness of treatment plans over time. By incorporating bone density scans into your practice, you can help your patients achieve optimal bone health and reduce their risk of fractures and other complications.


Who Gets 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 Scanner Take

The Horizon DXA takes 3 minutes to complete a full body scan


How is the Bone Density Scan Performed?

To facilitate patient understanding and alleviate any apprehensions about the DEXA scan procedure, it is crucial to effectively communicate the following steps to patients:

  • Pre-Scan Preparation: Advise patients to wear comfortable clothing, excluding shoes and items with metal zippers, buckles, and buttons. Metal can potentially interfere with the accuracy of the scan.
  • Positioning: Instruct patients to lie flat on the cushioned table, ensuring their spine is straight, arms are slightly away from the body, and legs are slightly apart. This optimal positioning facilitates the acquisition of precise scan results.
  • Scanning Process: Explain that the DEXA scanner employs a C-Arm device that rotates around the patient's body. The C-Arm makes three passes, scanning the right side of the body, followed by the center, and finally the left side.
  • Real-Time Analysis: Emphasize that during each pass, the C-Arm generates data in real time, enabling immediate analysis. This feature enables technicians or radiologists to accurately assess bone density and relevant measurements.

How Often Should a Patient Receive a DEXA Scan?

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


How Should Your Patients Prepare for a DEXA Scan?

To ensure optimal results and a smooth experience for your patients undergoing a DEXA scan, it's important to provide them with proper guidance. Listed below are some key points to discuss with patients.

  • Clothing: Patients should wear loose, comfortable clothing without any metal buttons, zippers, or snaps in the area being scanned. Jewelry or accessories should also be removed.
  • Diet and Supplements: Instruct patients not to take any calcium supplements for at least 24 hours before the scan, as it may interfere with accurate results.
  • Medications: Inform patients that most medications do not interfere with the DEXA scan. However, if they are taking any medications containing calcium or barium, it's important to disclose this information beforehand.
  • Prior Exams: Encourage patients to bring any previous DEXA scan reports for comparison if they have undergone the procedure before to assist in evaluating any changes in bone density over time.

How Much Does a Bone Density Scanner Cost?

Investing in a bone density scanner is a crucial decision for any health care facility, and the cost can vary based on several factors. Understanding these factors can help you make an informed decision tailored to your specific needs and budget.

Factors Affecting the Cost:

  1. Brand and Model:
    • The brand and model of the bone density scanner play a significant role in determining its cost. Established brands with advanced features and cutting-edge technology may come with a higher price tag
  2. Features and Technology:
    • The features and technology incorporated into the scanner contribute to its cost. Advanced features such as high-resolution imaging, specialized scanning modes, and additional diagnostic capabilities can increase the overall price
  3. Scan Speed and Efficiency:
    • Scanners with faster scan speeds and enhanced efficiency may be priced higher. The ability to conduct quick and precise scans can impact patient throughput and overall workflow in a health care setting
  4. Size and Portability:
    • The size and portability of the scanner can affect its cost. Compact and portable models may be more expensive due to the convenience they offer, especially in settings where space is a premium
  5. Service and Support Packages:
    • Some manufacturers offer comprehensive service and support packages, including maintenance, training, and software updates. These packages can add to the overall cost but contribute to the long-term reliability and performance of the scanner
  6. Warranty and Service Agreements:
    • The length and terms of the warranty, as well as the availability of service agreements, can influence the cost. A longer warranty period and inclusive service agreements may provide added peace of mind but could increase the upfront investment
  7. Installation and Training:
    • Costs related to installation and staff training should be considered. Some manufacturers include these services in the overall package, while others may charge separately
  8. Upgrades and Accessories:
    • The availability of upgrades and additional accessories, such as specialized software or imaging tools, can impact the overall cost. Consider the necessity of these add-ons based on your facility's specific requirements
  9. Regulatory Compliance:
    • Ensuring that the bone density scanner meets regulatory standards and certifications may involve additional costs. Compliance with industry regulations is essential for patient safety and legal requirements
  10. Customization Options:
    • Customization can add to the cost but may result in a more specialized and efficient system for your practice

Purchase a Bone Density Scanner from Henry Schein

Henry Schein Medical is your single source for quality equipment and supplies. Simply complete the contact form found here to purchase a DEXA scan machine. Our team has a strong background and extensive knowledge in medical sales/products and will be a resourceful guide throughout your purchasing journey.

1. https://www.census.gov/topics/population/older-aging.html
2. https://www.bonehealthandosteoporosis.org/patients/what-is-osteoporosis/