Bone Density Test or Dexa Scan Measures Bone Strength – Know Cost and Other Details

Guide to Bone Mineral Density Test Also Known as Dexa Scan or BMD Test

In this guide about bone mineral density test or dexa scan, we provide relevant details to help you prepare for the test. The guide covers the following areas.

  1. What is bone mineral density test or dexa scan?
  2. Why is dexa scan referred?
  3. What do the results of BMD Test tell us?
  4. Which parts of the body are scanned in bone mineral density test?
  5. How to prepare for dexa scan?
  6. What is the cost of dexa scan in India?
  7. How can I book dexa scan in Delhi or other cities of India?

You can read the different sections in any order. If you will like us to book your test now, please give us a call on 08882668822 or fill our the form given at the end of this guide.

What is Bone Mineral Density Test?

Bone Mineral Density Test is also called Dexa Scan, BMD Test and Bone Densitometry Test. It stands for Dual Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry. Dexa Scan or BMD Test is a special type of X-ray that measures density or the strength of bones.

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Bone Density Test in Progress

Why is Bone Density Test or Dexa Scan referred

Bone Mineral Density Test or Dexa Scan is usually done to check the strength of one’s bones. It is referred in cases where a doctor suspects that the bones are getting weaker. It may be conducted to assess onset of osteopenia or osteoporosis.

Specifically, the test is recommended in the following cases:

  • All women and men 65 years or older
  • Postmenopausal women and men 50 – 64 with risk factors for fracture including:
    • Fragility fracture after age 40
    • Vertebral fracture or low bone mass identified on x-ray
    • Parental hip fracture
    • High risk medication use: prolonged glucocorticoid use
    • Rheumatoid arthritis
    • Other disorders that may contribute to bone loss
  • Younger men or women (under 50) with a disease or condition associated with low bone mass or bone loss:
    • Fragility fractures
    • High-risk medication use (e.g. women taking cancer avoidance medicines post their chemotherapy.)
    • Rheumatoid arthritis
    • Other chronic inflammatory conditions
    • Cushing’s disease
    • Uncontrolled hyperthyroidism
    • Primary hyperparathyroidism

These days reduction in bone density is also due to our life styles. If you do not exercise regularly or lead a largely sedentary lifestyle, your chances of getting weak bones are higher. Similarly, if you do not spend enough time outdoors in the sun, your body will not get enough vitamin D which leads to weakening of bones due to under absorption of calcium in the body.

There is a ray of hope for people with low bone density. If you start regular exercise and take vitamin D and calcium supplements (of course under supervision of your doctor), your bones may start gaining some strength that they lost.

Results of Bone Density Scan / Dexa Scan

The results of bone density test compare the bone density of the tested part with the expected bone density of the average person with same gender, age and ethnicity. This will help your doctor assess the strength of your bones. Based on the results of the dexa scan, your condition may be classified at normal, osteopenia or osteoporosis.

Different Options for Bone Density Test

Bone Density Test can be done for one body part or multiple body parts. Sometimes your doctor may want to check for a specific body part’s bone strength if he / she has a reason to believe that one part is weaker. Another option is to go for the whole body bone density scan.

Procedure of Dexa Scan

BMD test or Dexa Scan is like an x ray scan. You will be asked to lie down on a table which will have the scanner attached to it. The body part under investigation like spine, hip or leg will be scanned. Before the scan, the technician will ask you to take off any metal object that you may be wearing. If you have any metal rod in your body, please do let the doctor or technician know about it. The test will take around 10-15 minutes and you do not need an special preparation for it.

Bone Density Test Cost in India

LabsAdvisor has an extensive network of labs where bone density scan can be done at an economical price. At the links given below, you can check the cost of Dexa Scan or BMD Test in Different Cities of India.

In the table given below, you may click on the bone density scan you want done in Delhi and you will get multiple lab options along with discounted pricing.

Bone Density Test Cost in Delhi

LabsAdvisor Min Rate

Cost of Bone Density Scan – One Site  ₹750
Cost of Bone Density Scan – Two Site  ₹1250
Cost of Bone Density Scan – Three Site  ₹1750
Bone Density Scan – Spine Cost  ₹1750
Bone Density Scan – Whole Body Cost  ₹1750

Tests done in combination with Bone Density Scan

For younger adults who have body aches, doctors may ask them to get tested for Vitamin D deficiency or Calcium Total before asking for Dexa Scan to be done. Check the cost of these tests at the links given below

  1. Cost of Vitamin D Test in Indian Cities
  2. Cost of Calcium Test in Indian Cities

Book Bone Density Test in Delhi / Gurgaon / Noida

You can book your bone density scan @ 08882668822. Not only will you get multiple lab options in your vicinity, you will also get discounted prices.

If you will like a call back, please fill the form given below

Cost of Dexa Scan / BMD Test in Delhi

Cost of Dexa Scan / BMD Test in Mumbai


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