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Who should get a dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA or DEXA) scan?

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The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force says people who should get DXA scans for bone density include:

Talk to your doctor about whether the test is a good idea for you.

  • Women ages 65 or older
  • Women ages 60 or older who have a higher chance of getting a fracture

SOURCES:

National Osteoporosis Foundation: "Bone Density Exam/Testing."

NHS: "DEXA (DXA) scan -- How it is performed."

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force: "Final Recommendation Statement: Osteoporosis: Screening."

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on November 08, 2018

SOURCES:

National Osteoporosis Foundation: "Bone Density Exam/Testing."

NHS: "DEXA (DXA) scan -- How it is performed."

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force: "Final Recommendation Statement: Osteoporosis: Screening."

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on November 08, 2018

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