Obstetrics & Gynecology: DXA Scan Service

Obstetrics & Gynecology is pleased to offer our patients the DXA Scan Service, now conveniently located in our offices in the Berry Women’s Health Pavilion at Miami Valley Hospital.

What is a DXA scan?

A DXA scan is an enhanced form of X-ray that measures bone loss. It is the standard test for measuring bone mineral density. This noninvasive medical test is used to diagnose bone loss and monitor the effects of treatment. The patient remains fully dressed, and the test usually takes less than 15 minutes.

The DXA scan is most often used to diagnose osteoporosis, a condition that can affect women after menopause. Patients with osteoporosis experience a gradual loss of calcium that causes the bones to become more fragile and more likely to break.

Who should have a DXA scan?

  • Women aged 65 years and older
  • Postmenopausal women under age 65 with risk factors for osteoporosis
  • Adults with a fragility fracture
  • Adults with a disease or condition associated with low bone mass or bone loss
  • Adults taking medication associated with low bone mass or bone loss
  • Anyone being considered for pharmacological osteoporosis therapy
  • Anyone being treated for low bone mass (to monitor treatment effects)
  • Women discontinuing estrogen therapy
  • Patients five to 19 years old (for spine and total body analysis)

To schedule an appointment, call (937) 208-6810.