Bone Mineral Densitometry (BMD) is a technique used to measure the Bone Mineral Density, Lean Body Mass and the Body Fat. The DEXA machine is a whole body scanner that uses low dose X-rays at different sources that read bone and soft tissue mass simultaneously. The procedure is highly accurate, safe and non-invasive and takes 10 to 20 minutes to perform. This technique is used to diagnose fracture tendency of bones and Osteoporosis.
Bone Density ia an important factor in the prevention of Osteoporosis. Low density makes the bones susceptible to fractures. Consuming a balanced diet, regular weight bearing exercises such as walking, jogging help in improving the bone density.
Body fat percentage can be a predictor of bone density or bone health. Individuals who have a sedentary lifestyle and poor nutrition are at risk not only for higher body fat percentage, but also lower bone density. Conversely, extremely low levels of body fat can also contribute to bone loss because of poor nutritional habits.
BENEFITS OF BONE MINERAL DENSITOMETRY:
- Minimal radiation exposure
- Accurate estimating for Osteoporosis and fracture risk
- No radiation remains in the body
- No side-effects
- Most convenient method for both patients and physicians