Tips for getting the most from a Dexa scan:
- Keep copies of your report from year to year so that you can compare your results.
- Get tested at the same facility each time for consistency.
- If you are trying a new osteopenia or osteoporosis treatment ask for a scan after just one year instead of the typical two years. Even though standard practice is to wait two years between tests, research studies have shown significant gains in bone density in as little as 6 months.
- The test is easy, painless, and quick. The only preparation is to refrain from taking calcium pills for 24 hours prior to the exam. The reason is that the pill may still be intact in your stomach (what does that say about absorption?) and can block the view of your bones.