With an upgrade in Dual-Energy X-ray Absorptiometry (DEXA) technology, our Capitol Imaging Services affiliate, Diagnostic Imaging Services (DIS) facilities in Covington and Slidell, LA now offer additional benefits for people undergoing DEXA exams.

DEXA uses a very small dose of ionizing radiation to produce pictures of the inside of the body, usually the lower spine and hips, to measure bone loss.

FRAX® is a sophisticated risk assessment instrument, developed by the World Health Organization. It uses risk factors in addition to DEXA measurements for improved fracture risk estimation. It is a useful tool to aid clinical decision making about the use of pharmaceutical therapies in patients with low bone mass.

The FRAX® tool helps to identify people who may be at risk of developing osteoporosis. Personal details, such as height and weight, medication history, smoking history and family history, are entered to predict whether someone is at risk of developing osteoporosis in the next 10 years. The risk is expressed as a percentage: for example, 10 percent means 10 people out of a 100, with this level of risk, will develop osteoporosis in the next 10 years.

The International Osteoporosis Foundation is a supporter of the maintenance and development of FRAX®.

This information can help your doctor decide whether further action needs to be taken. This may be asking you to have a bone scan, or talking to you about measures that can help prevent osteoporosis. These may be lifestyle and dietary measures, or medication.

Bone density studies are performed at DIS locations, in addition to Covington and Slidell, in Marrero and Metairie, LA. Diagnostic Imaging Services can be contacted directly by calling 504-883-5999 or 985-641-2390. Or, click the REQUEST AN APPOINTMENT button (above right) to send us an email requesting assistance. An imaging associate will contact you to arrange your visit.

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