Bone Density Scanning

Also called dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry or bone densitometry (DEXA or DXA), a bone density scan is a form of X-ray technology used to measure bone loss. The test is most often performed on the lower spine and hip and the results can help diagnose osteopenia or osteoporosis and track progress during treatment.

The results of the bone density scan are used in comparison with data taken from people based on gender, age, and nationality. You will receive your results in two scores: A T score and Z score.

  • The T score shows the amount of bone you have in comparison to a young adult of the same gender with peak bone mass.
  • The Z score compares the amount of bone you have in comparison to other people in your age group, nationality and gender.

For whom is a Bone Density Scan typically recommended?

  • Women in menopause
  • People who have been on steroid treatments (for example asthma)
  • Patients who have undergone chemotherapy or other pathologic treatments that cause a decrease in bone density
  • People who have had fractures
  • People with a family history of osteoporosis


Russell Regional Hospital
First Floor
200 South Main St.
Russell, KS 67665


Monday through Friday 8 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.


Parking is available directly north and east of the hospital.

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