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Diagnostic Imaging/Radiology Services

NCH Diagnostic Imaging tests include:

(click on procedure name for more details):

* The ultrasound-guided liver biopsy video was produced by freehivinfo. The ultrasound-guided thyroid biopsy video was produced by SouthSound Radiology. Northwest Community Healthcare does not have affiliations with these organizations.

Bone Densitometry (DEXA)

What is Bone Densitometry?

Bone Densitometry (DEXA) is an examination that measures the condition and density of your bones to evaluate you for osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is the progressive thinning of the bones due to loss of calcium with the bone. This results in thin or weak bone that are at risk for fracture. Over 10 million Americans currently suffer from osteoporosis and researcher estimate that 50% of women over the age of 50 will suffer a fracture of the hip, wrist, or spine.

How it is performed

The patient will be positioned on a padded table with an x-ray generator below and a receiver above. You will be asked to remain as still as possible while on the exam table. Usually images of the Spine and Hip will be obtained.

How to prepare

Wear comfortable clothing and avoid clothes that have zippers or other metallic objects.

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Last Updated 2012/05/29