Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry (DEXA)/Bone Mineral Density (BMD) Imaging

III.       Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry (DEXA)/
             Bone Mineral 
Density (BMD) Imaging

A.        Overview

  • A DEXA scanner uses low-level x-rays to measure bone mineral density (BMD) of the lumbar spine, hip, and/or forearm, typically for the diagnosis and monitoring of osteoporosis.
  • A DEXA scanner can measure whole-body tissue composition.  

B.        Facilities, Technical Capabilities & Limitations

  • In Radiology, there is one DEXA scanner available for human research. 
  • The scanner produces high-quality digital images.
  • Images are viewable and archived on the Enterprise-wide McKesson PACS; CDs/DVDs can be created as needed.
  • Radiology reports are viewable through SCM/AEHR and can be printed as needed. 

Unit

Location

Type

Table Weight   Limit (Kg)

1

First Floor,
Kentucky Clinic (KYC)

Hologic Discovery A

200

C.        Hours of Operation

  • Monday – Friday, 7:30 am – 4:30 pm.
  • Other days/times by arrangement.

D.        Personnel Resources

  • American Board of Radiology and/or American Board of Nuclear Medicine-certified, subspecialized Radiology Physicians (MDs).
  • American Board of Radiology-certified Medical Physicist (PhD).
  • American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT)-certified Radiology Technologists with subspecialty certification in Bone Densitometry.

E.        Costs

  • Please discuss project and all applicable costs with Radiology Senior Research Coordinator prior to IRB and/or grant submission or renewal. 
  • Radiology costs include the technologist’s time to prepare and image the patient/human research subject according to protocol, process the image data, and archive the images to a CD/DVD if required by the investigator or study sponsor. 
  • Supply costs might be incurred, e.g., CDs/DVDs.
  • Professional services by radiology physicians and/or medical physicists are negotiable.