Bone Densitometer (Bone Density Scan)
 
  Bone densitometry, using an advanced technology called
DXA (short for dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry), safely,
accurately and painlessly measures bone mineral density.
Bone densitometers with an additional capability called
Instant Vertebral AssessmentTMor IVA, also produce a x-ray
of the entire spine for the assessment of vertebral (spine)
fractures. 

IVA is basically a rapid (10-second), low-dose x-ray scan
of the spine, taken in combination with a standard bone
density test. With IVA, doctors can see existing vertebral
fractures, which may indicate the need for more aggressive
treatment, even if bone density results are in the “normal”
range.
 


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