Knoxville Comprehensive Breast Center is bringing back bone densitometry (DXA) to our facility.
Many of our patients and referring physicians have asked us to bring this service back to KCBC and we have listened to you!
What is DXA?
A bone density test is the only test that can diagnose osteoporosis before a broken bone occurs. This test helps to estimate the density of your bones and your chance of breaking a bone. The National Osteoporosis Foundation recommends a bone density test of the hip and spine by a central DXA machine to diagnose osteoporosis. DXA stands for dual energy x-ray absorptiometry.
You can find out whether you have osteoporosis or if you should be concerned about your bones by getting a bone density test. Some people also call it a bone mass measurement test. This test uses a machine to measure your bone density. It estimates the amount of bone in your hip, spine and sometimes other bones. Your test result will help your healthcare provider make recommendations to help you protect your bones.
Who should have a DXA?
The National osteoporosis Foundation recommends that you have a bone density test if:
you are a woman age 65 or older
you are a man age 70 or older
you break a bone after age 50
you are a woman of menopausal age with risk factors
you are a postmenopausal woman under age 65 with risk factors
you are a man age 50-69 with risk factors
A bone density test may also be necessary if you have any of the following:
an X-ray of your spine showing a break or bone loss in your spine
back pain with a possible break in your spine
height loss of ½ inch or more within one year
total height loss of 1½ inches from your original height
If you have any questions about whether or not you need a DXA, you should call your primary care physician or call KCBC at 865-584-0291 and we will be glad to help you.