A bone density test is a diagnostic tool that measures the thickness, or density, of your bones. The team at PURE Executive Health & Wellness uses dual X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) to measure bone density. DEXA is a type of X-ray and is considered the gold standard for bone density testing.
Your PURE provider can determine when you should get a bone density test. In general, it’s recommended that all women over age 65 and men over 70 have a bone density test.
The bone density test is a simple and painless test and doesn’t require any special preparation. During your bone density test, your specialist at PURE Executive Health & Wellness has you lie on the DEXA scanning table and then conducts the X-ray to measure bone density. The entire test shouldn’t take more than 30 minutes.
After you’ve completed the test, your specialist reviews the results of your scan with you.
A member of the staff develops a personalized treatment plan based on the results of your bone density scan to either improve or maintain bone health. Because bone health is affected by what you eat, you may be referred to the on-staff nutrition expert to help you make changes to your diet to improve your intake of foods that promote bone health. Nutrition supplements may also be recommended.