Now for Dexa Scans: Which stands for Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry. It is the most commonly used test for measuring bone minearl density and the most accurate way to diagnose osteopenia or osteoporosis. They are more accurate than regular x-rays when measuring bone density and require less radiation exposure than Cat Scans. This is a non-invasive tests and requires little prep except that you should stop taking calcium supplements(if you are) at least 48 hours before the test. You should also wear loose clothing and no metal zippers, buttons, jewelry and tell the technician if you have had any hip or back injury. Often breast cancer patients do have the Dexa scan done to determine you current bone density and then there maybe follow up dexa scans through the years to determine if it has stayed the same or changed. So with that little tidbit for the day, it is not in any way, shape, or form a difficult or painful test and hopefully you now have a better understanding of the Dexa scan.
Well, before I start rambling again.... I am going to sign off for a week, although I probably will add something will I am off as I do have computer access and just want you to know although I am not currently at my work desk, I am thinking about you and looking at ways to provide you support and education. One last note, I will be enjoying my S'mears by the fire and for those of you that don't know what that is- it is a s'more with Peanut Butter...yummm! Will be back soon and I am going to have a great week, hope you do as well.
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