Adam C. Young, MD
Alan C. League, MD
Albert Knuth, MD
Alejandra Rodriguez-Paez, MD
Alexander E. Michalow, MD
Alexander Gordon, MD
Alexander M. Crespo, MD
Alfonso Bello, MD
Ami Kothari, MD
Amy Jo Ptaszek, MD
Anand Vora, MD
Andrea S. Kramer, MD
Andrew J. Riff, MD
Angela R. Crowley, MD
Angelo Savino, MD
Anthony Savino, MD
Anuj S. Puppala, MD
Ari Kaz, MD
Ashraf H. Darwish, MD
Ashraf Hasan, MD
Bradley Dworsky, MD
Brian Clay, MD
Brian J. Burgess, DPM
Brian R. McCall, MD
Brian Schwartz, MD
Brian Weatherford, MD
Brooke Vanderby, MD
Bruce E. Noxon, DPM, FACFAS, FAPWCA
Bruce Summerville, MD
Bryan Waxman, MD
Bryant S. Ho, MD
Carey E. Ellis, MD
Carla Gamez, DPM
Cary R. Templin, MD
Charles L. Lettvin, MD
Charles M. Lieder, DO
Chinyoung Park, MD
Christ Pavlatos, MD
Christian Skjong, MD
Christopher C. Mahr, MD
Craig Cummins, MD
Craig Phillips, MD
Craig S. Williams, MD
Craig Westin, MD
Daniel M. Dean, MD
David Beigler, MD
David Guelich, MD
David H. Garelick, MD
David Hamming, MD
David Hoffman, MD
David M. Anderson, MD
David Norbeck, MD
David Raab, MD
David Schneider, DO
Djuro Petkovic, MD
Douglas Diekevers, DPM
Douglas Solway, DPM
E. Quinn Regan, MD
Eddie Jones Jr., MD
Edward J. Logue, MD
Elliot A. Nacke, MD
Ellis K. Nam, MD
Eric Chehab, MD
Eric L. Lee, MD
Evan A. Dougherty, MD
Garo Emerzian, DPM
Gary Shapiro, MD
Giridhar Burra, MD
Gregory Brebach, MD
Gregory J. Fahrenbach, MD
Gregory Portland, MD
Harpreet S. Basran, MD
Inbar Kirson, MD, FACOG, Diplomate ABOM
Jacob M. Babu, MD, MHA
Jalaal Shah, DO
James M. Hill, MD
James R. Bresch, MD
Jason G. Hurbanek, MD
Jason Ghodasra, MD
Jason J. Shrouder-Henry, MD
Jeffrey Ackerman, MD
Jeffrey Goldstein, MD
Jeffrey Staron, MD
Jeffrey Visotsky, MD
Jeremy Oryhon, MD
John H. Lyon, MD
Jonathan Erulkar, MD
Jordan L. Goldstein, MD
Josephine H. Mo, MD
Juan Santiago-Palma, MD
Justin Gent, MD
Justin M. LaReau, MD
Kellie Gates, MD
Kermit Muhammad, MD
Kevin Chen, MD
Kris Alden MD, PhD
Leah R. Urbanosky, MD
Leigh-Anne Tu, MD
Leon Benson, MD
Lori Siegel, MD
Lynn Gettleman Chehab, MD, MPH, Diplomate ABOM
Marc Angerame, MD
Marc Breslow, MD
Marc R. Fajardo, MD
Marie Kirincic, MD
Mark Gonzalez, MD
Mark Gross, MD
Mark Hamming, MD
Mark Mikhael, MD
Matthew L. Jimenez, MD
Mehul H. Garala, MD
Michael C. Durkin, MD
Michael Chiu, MD, FAAOS
Michael J. Corcoran, MD
Michael O'Rourke, MD
Nathan G. Wetters, MD
Nikhil K. Chokshi, MD
Paul L. Goodman, DPM, FACFAS, FAPWCA
Peter Hoepfner, MD
Peter Thadani, MD
Phillip Ludkowski, MD
Priyesh Patel, MD
Rajeev D. Puri, MD
Rhutav Parikh, MD
Richard J. Hayek, MD
Richard Noren, MD
Richard Sherman, MD
Ritesh Shah, MD
Robert J. Daley, MD
Robert J. Thorsness, MD
Roger Chams, MD
Ronak M. Patel, MD
Ryan J. Jacobs, MD
Scott Jacobsen, DPM
Sean A. Sutphen, DO
Serafin DeLeon, MD
Shivani Batra, DO
Stanford Tack, MD
Steven C. Chudik, MD
Steven G. Bardfield, MD
Steven Gross, MD
Steven J. Fineberg, MD
Steven Jasonowicz, DPM
Steven M. Mardjetko, MD
Steven S. Louis, MD
Steven W. Miller, DPM
Surbhi Panchal, MD
T. Andrew Ehmke, DO
Taizoon Baxamusa, MD
Teresa Sosenko, MD
Theodore Fisher, MD
Thomas Gleason, MD
Timothy J. Friedrich, DPM
Todd R. Rimington, MD
Todd Simmons, MD
Tom Antkowiak, MD, MS
Tomas Nemickas, MD
Van Stamos, MD
Wayne M. Goldstein, MD
Wesley E. Choy, MD
William P. Mosenthal, MD
William Robb, MD
William Vitello, MD
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Bone Density Scan

The Gold Standard for Osteoporosis Diagnosis

A Bone Density Test (DXA) can diagnose osteoporosis well before a fracture occurs. In fact, DXA is the ‘Gold Standard’ used throughout the world to establish bone health status and to track changes in bone strength.

Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometer (DXA) is a low dose X-ray instrument that precisely measures the strength, or density, of specific regions of the skeleton or the whole body. The test is painless, takes less than 30 minutes and does not require undressing or fasting.

Bone density testing is performed with the patient lying on a comfortable, padded table. A low energy x-ray beam is passed through the bones in the spine, hip or other skeletal site and measures, in a highly precise and reproducible manner, the calcium content of the bone is of interest. These bone mineral density (BMD) measurements determine the strength of bone and its risk for fracture and status: Normal, Low Bone Mass, or Osteoporosis.

When Should You Get a Bone Density Scan

Diagnosing osteoporosis sooner rather than later is crucial to avoiding potential bone loss and fractures. Do not take any mineral substances prior to your examination; otherwise there is no preparation necessary. You will receive your bone density measurement in a metric called a ‘T-score’ once the procedure has been completed. An average score sits in between 0.9, 0, and a -0.9 T-score, which indicates the bones are healthy. Low bone density, osteopenia and osteoporosis can be diagnosed when these scores drop between -1.0 and -2.5 by our IBJI DXA technologists.

Bone Density Scans at IBJI

A bone density scan is just one of the diagnostic imaging tests that the Illinois Bone & Joint Institute offers to patients. IBJI osteoporosis centers offer each patient with low bone mass or osteoporosis, unique advice and guidance that is specified to their overall bone health.

Other DXA Testing Services at IBJI

  • Body Composition Analyses
    • Fat distribution
    • Lean mass
    • Bone and fat mass index
  • Vertebral Fracture Analyses (VFA)
    • Structural deformities in the spine
  • Atypical Femur Fracture Imaging (AFFs)

Appointments

Schedule online for a bone density scan.

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Learn more about Illinois Bone & Joint Institute’s Bone Density Scan

A Bone Density Scan will help patients to learn and understand the strength and health of their bones. IBJI’s experts can perform a DXA scan for any patient that may be worried about their bones. These scans can reveal the strength of the bones and the risk of fracture from falling or injuring the bone. They can also help in diagnosing osteoporosis before a fracture happens.

Getting a Bone Density Scan can help patients understand their bone health and potentially help to prevent falls that may result in a fracture. You can request a Bone Density Scan from an IBJI location today to learn about your health.

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