Bone Densitometry (DEXA Scans) in Washington, DC
There are many different types of medical screenings that you should consider undergoing if you are exhibiting certain symptoms. These screenings can help to properly diagnose your particular issue.
For example, a bone densitometry scan, also known as “Dual-energy X-ray Absorptiometry scan,” “DXA scan,” or “DEXA scan,” is often performed to diagnose Osteoporosis, which is a condition that involves the gradual loss of calcium and causes bones to become thinner and more fragile, making them more likely to break.
What’s a DEXA Scan?
A bone densitometry scan is basically an enhanced type of x-ray technology that is used to identify the loss of bone in a patient by measuring bone mineral density. The scan is typically done on the lower spine and hips, although in children as well as some adults, the entire body will be scanned. The scan doesn’t take very long to perform and is a painless procedure.
How to Tell If You Need a DEXA Scan
There are no symptoms in the early stages of Osteoporosis, but once your bones have begun to weaken, symptoms include:
- Back pain resulting from fractured or collapsed vertebra
- The loss of height over time
- The development of bad posture
- Bone fractures that occur more easily than they should
Reasons to Undergo a DEXA Scan
Although the densitometry scan is most commonly used to diagnose Osteoporosis as well as tracking the effects of Osteoporosis treatment. DEXA scans in Washington, DC are also recommended for the following people:
- Post-menopausal women that are not taking estrogen or are tall or thin
- People that have either a personal or maternal history of smoking or hip fractures
- People that have type 1 diabetes, kidney disease or liver disease
- People with thyroid conditions
- People with parathyroid conditions
- People that have experienced bone fractures after only mild traumas
- People with high bone turnover, which is identified by the presence of an excessive amount of collagen in your urine.
- People with clinical conditions that are associated with bone loss
- People that uses medications associated with bone loss, such as anti-seizure medications or high-dose thyroid replacement drugs
Preparing For a DEXA Scan
If you have been scheduled to undergo a bone densitometry scan, then there are a few things that you’ll want to do in order to prepare for it.
To ensure that the results are accurate, make sure that you do not ingest any type of calcium supplements for at least 24 hours prior to your scheduled exam.
If you have recently undergone a barium examination or if you’ve been injected with a contrast material for a radioisotope scan or a computed tomography scan, then you’ll most likely have to wait around ten to 14 days before you can undergo a DEXA scan.
Dr. Enelow and his staff will determine whether a DEXA scan is required based on your symptoms. A bone densitometry scan will not only help to diagnose the issue, but allow us to properly treat you in the future.
What to Expect from Dr. Enelow
- Contacting Dr. Enelow – Call Dr. Enelow at 202-728-9630 or email Dr. Enelow to schedule an appointment.
- Appointment – As one of the top Washington, DC internists, Dr. Enelow will meet with you to discuss and diagnose your medical needs. You’ll never feel rushed or unimportant, and Dr. Enelow takes great pride in providing every single patient the highest-quality of care possible.
- Payment – Dr. Enelow does not charge an annual retainer fee and does not accept insurance. The first comprehensive visit is approximately $800 – $1,100, depending on your visit and medical needs. Most 30-minute visits are $250 – $400.
- Filing Insurance Claims – Our office files all of your claims to your insurance company for reimbursement.
Schedule a DEXA Scan in Washington, DC
If you are experiencing symptoms of Osteoporosis, then you should be sure to schedule an introductory conversation with Dr. Enelow today.
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