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How is a DXA test for osteoporosis performed?

A DXA bone-density test involves a small amount of radiation, about as much as a person might receive on a cross-country airplane trip. You may be asked to lie down on a table or sit in a chair, but you won’t need to undress. No pain or needles are involved. The scan measures bone mass in the hip or the lumbar spine. Scanning time is quick -- as little as five minutes for one area. If you are being treated for osteoporosis, the test may be repeated in about one year to assess any increase in bone strength.
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