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Dual Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry (DXA, DEXA)

Synonym(s): Bone Density Test

A test that uses low-dose x-rays to measure bone mineral density, including calcium content, in a section of bone. Dual energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA) scans are used to detect osteoporosis and predict the risk of bone fracture.

Related Term(s): Osteoporosis

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