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Bone Densitometry (DEXA)

Bone Densitometry (DEXA) is currently the most widely used method for measuring the structural integrity of bones. A DEXA scan documents small changes in your bone mass and is most often used to diagnose osteoporosis, a condition that often affects women after menopause but may also be found in men.

The evaluation of bone health has become an essential component of your personal wellness.

Don't let osteoporosis sneak into your bones. Let the Imaging Center of Idaho do your Bone Density study to stay ahead of this weakening process.

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How does DEXA work?

During your exam you will remain fully clothed. You will be asked to lie, face up, on a comfortably padded table.

For the test to be accurate, you will need to remain as still as possible during the exam, but will be able to breathe normally. Scanning the spine and femur, sites where fractures occur most often, is considered the standard examination for assessment of osteoporosis. You will not feel anything during the exam as the scanner passes over your lower spine, hip or forearm. The entire test takes only a few minutes to complete. It is a non-invasive procedure that is painless and requires no injections.

**Max weight for DEXA table is 450lbs. If weight is exceeded then the forearm is scanned.**

Who interprets the results?

A radiologist specifically trained to interpret radiology examinations, will analyze the images and send a signed report to your primary care or referring physician. Your doctor will discuss the results of the DEXA test with you.

Preparation

Eat normally on the day of the exam, but avoid calcium supplements for at least 24 hours beforehand. You will need to change into scrubs, and for females,  you will need to remove any undergarments with adjustable straps, underwires or clasps.

Please inform your physician if you recently had a barium study, a radioisotope injection, or oral/intravenous contrast material (such as for an MRI or CT scan). These contrast materials will interfere with the DEXA examination. You may have to wait 10 to 14 days before undergoing your exam. Women should always inform their physician and DEXA Technician, if there is a possibility they are pregnant.

Common Risk Factors for Osteoporosis

  • Being female
  • Thin and / or small frame
  • Advanced age
  • Family history of osteoporosis
  • Postmenopausal, including early or surgically induced menopause
  • Abnormal absence of menstrual periods
  • Eating disorders
  • A diet low in calcium
  • Use of certain medications, such a steroids
  • Low testosterone in men
  • Inactive life-style
  • Cigarette smoking
  • Excessive use of alcohol

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While Dr. Malcom treats a variety of patients, he also specializes in the treatment of vein disease, including those with pregnancy and post-pregnancy needing sclerotherapy or other vein surgery. He is one of the lead trainers, ensuring all vein doctors are able to carry out care at a high level but affordable price.

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Patient Testimonials

Misty Scott
Misty Scott

I had a pretty great experience here. Check in was easy since most of it was done over the phone prior to arrival. I was well taken care of during the whole imaging process. I was a little nervous but that went away quickly while being talked through the whole process and during the process. Very great staff!

Michael Dill
Michael Dill

They went above and beyond to help my diagnosis. The Ultrasound technician looked at my prostate, but it appeared normal, so she explored my abdomen. She then found a hernia! I believe it would have gone undetected and untreated if not for her persistence. Thanks to ALL at Imaging and Vein Center of Idaho for a positive experience during a scary time.

Dan and Amy Warner
Dan and Amy Warner

Everyone has been wonderful and very caring. Thank you all for everything. Oh and you really need to get banana flavored contrast drinks.😁

Susanne Buckley
Susanne Buckley

This staff and service was fantastic. They got me in the day after I called to make an appointment. Cash pay price was VERY reasonable. I highly recommend this facility.

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We are driven by empathy and compassion and strive for our patients to have a good experience and successful exam. Every technologist is extensively educated in their field and is not only experienced, but also caring and committed to capturing the best diagnostic images.

Offering Board Certified Radiologists with subspecialities in Neuroradiology, Musculoskeletal, Body, Breast, Interventional and General Radiology.

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When you're getting ready for an imaging service to verify your healthcare provider's diagnosis, to check in on your new baby or to assess the damage your fall has done to your ankle, you need a variety of things. You'll need cutting-edge equipment to get a deeper view of your bodily systems, a friendly technologist to ease you through the imaging process and a knowledgeable radiologist to walk you through the results. You can count on the Imaging Center of Idaho to provide ideal imaging services.

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The Imaging Center of Idaho offers a wide range of imaging services to provide you and your physician with an understanding of what's going on inside your body. Our imaging services include:

MRI

MRI is a safe method of obtaining detailed pictures of internal body structures with the use of magnetic field and the radio frequency pulses.

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ULTRASOUND

Ultrasound imaging (also called “sonography”) uses high-frequency sound waves to create visual images of the internal body structures.

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X-RAY FLUOROSCOPY

Fluoroscopy is a type of medical imaging that shows a continuous X-ray image on a monitor, much like an X-ray movie.

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