Imaging

Location Information

Locations

Bluffton Hospital

139 Garau Street
Bluffton, OH 45817
Office Hours: 24 Hours

BVH Imaging Services Department

1900 South Main Street
Findlay, OH 45840

DEXA Bone Scan

Bone Mineral Density Test

EasternWoods Outpatient Center offers DEXA bone scans, a type of bone mineral density test, that can help determine if you have decreased bone mass. A decrease in bone mass may cause bones to become more brittle and break more easily.

The DEXA scan uses low levels of x-rays and is quick and painless. To complete this test, a scanner passes over your entire body while you’re lying on a cushioned table.

Who should get a DEXA?

In general, your doctor may order a bone mineral density test if you’re a female older than 45 and have had any of the following:

  • A broken bone
  • Height loss
  • Change in posture
  • Back pain
  • Are underweight
  • Have other reason to be at high risk for osteoporosis

Keeping Your Bones Strong

  • Review your medications. Certain medications can increase bone mineral density.
  • Get enough calcium. People older than 50 should get 1,200 milligrams of calcium per day. Foods high in calcium include dairy products, fortified orange juice, dark green leafy vegetables such as broccoli, spinach, collard greens, tofu, almonds, vitamin fortified cereal and vitamins.
  • Get enough vitamin D. Vitamin D helps your body absorb calcium. Your body makes vitamin D when you’re in the sunlight, and you can also receive it in fortified milk, fortified cereal, salmon and tuna.
  • Do weight-bearing exercises. Exercise makes your bones stronger and helps slow bone loss. Do 30 minutes of weight-bearing exercises three to four times per week.