What is a dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) test?

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This is one of the most popular bone-density tests. DXA or DEXA stands for Dual-energy X-ray Absorptiometry. Using a small amount of x ray (less than that of a chest x ray or mammogram), it measures bone mass at certain areas of the body, usually the hip or the lumbar spine. This measurement is then used to estimate the amount of bone present in the rest of the body. This test can be used to diagnose osteoporosis and determine whether bone strength has improved with treatment.
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