Ask your Doctor: What is Dexa scan and why is it required?

The Dexa scan shows the thickness and the porosity of the bone and can be used to test all the bones in the body including the hip-joint.
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Why is Dexa scan required?

- K Deepika, T Nagar

It is especially useful for aging population and women in the menopausal age. In this age, the BMD decreases substantially due to osteoporosis which is related to hormonal changes during this period. The Dexa scan shows the thickness and the porosity of the bone and can be used to test all the bones in the body including the hip-joint. A bone mineral density assessment may be considered every two years, depending on age, gender, and other factors. Parvathy Hospital has been serving the community for close to 30 years thanks to the support of the local population.

Dr S Muthu Kumar, Chairman, Parvathy Hospital

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