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Bone Densitometry

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This test detects bone density. The radiologist will interpret the results of the scan. The dexa scan enables the radiologist to detect bone loss, which leads to osteoporosis. The scan is pain-free and non-invasive, and you are not enclosed or encased by the equipment. The amount of radiation is minimal. Due to the low radiation level the radiographer is able to remain in the room with the patient during the scan.

Available Equipment

  • Dual x-ray absorpiometry technique.

  • State of the art, highly dedicated equipment for accurate measurement .  

Preparation/instructions

There is no preparation for the test. You may follow your normal diet and medication routine. However, there are two limitations:

  1. Your weight cannot exceed 100 Kg or accurate results cannot be achieved

  2. You cannot have had any other oral or IV contrast studies done in the past three days.

    Keep in mind that you may have been given some additional or different instructions, based on your own particular circumstances. If you have any questions, please call our hotline 16171 or (202) 3336-3310 (Mohandeseen), (202) 2417 5556 (Heliopolis) or (202) 2528 4888 (Maadi) to speak with a radiologist if you have any questions. It is best to call between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m., Saturday through Thursday.

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The procedure

    The scan takes approximately 45 minutes

    Wear loose, comfortable clothing. Belts must be removed and pockets emptied. You may be asked to change into a hospital gown; zippers and snaps interfere with the scan.

    Your lower back, left hip and right forearm are routinely scanned. If you have femoral rods, spinal rods, or have had a hip replacement, please inform the radiographer.

    You will be asked to lie on your back and have your left leg turned slightly inward. A large, firm cushion will be placed under your knees to assist you in lying flat.

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After Care

    After your scan you may assume your normal activities immediately.

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Please call our hotline 16171 or (202) 3336-3310 (Mohandeseen), (202) 2417 5556 (Heliopolis) or (202) 2528 4888 (Maadi) to speak with a radiologist if you have any questions. It is best to call between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m., Saturday through Thursday.

   

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