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Unread 05-30-2003, 08:28 AM

Hi ladies. I have to have a mammogram and Dexascan done on June 10th. The mammo is no biggie because it will be my 5th one.
My question is... What is a Dexascan? How do they do it? Will I have the results right away? Or do I have to wait? Is it a quick test? And what exactly does it show to determine if you have a problem or not? Thank you for any input!!
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Unread 05-30-2003, 11:32 AM

Hi tigger,

I have had a DEXA scan. It's basically an X-ray--painless, doesn't take long. You lie flat on a table and they x-ray your spine and your hip. You just have to lie still for a few minutes.

It shows the density of your bones and allows your doc to determine whether you might be at risk for osteoporosis. They have invented a new category now--osteopenia--which shows some loss of bone density. It basically just indicates that one needs to get enough calcium, weight-bearing exercise, etc--it's not necessarily a condition you'd need to take medication for.

But your doc should go over your results with you.
I think it's a good thing to have this test following a hyst. I have some mild osteopenia, so it was a good wake-up call for me to be extra careful.

good luck1
Unread 05-30-2003, 12:50 PM

Thank you cmcm for the info. I appreciate it due to the fact that I know nothing about this test!! At least it is quick and not painful.

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