Also called a "Dexa" scan, bone mineral densitometry testing aides your physician in determining the status of your "bone health". Loss of bone mass is a primary indicator of osteoporosis that can lead to "brittle bones" causing hip fractures and other orthopedic complications as we age. Exercise, a diet rich in calcium and select medications can prevent or reduce the progression of osteoporosis. DeKalb Clinic offers the test utilizing a Hologic DEXA QDR-4500 C unit. Some insurance plans do not cover bone densitometry testing, as it is considered a preventive/wellness service. A physician's order is required to schedule a bone densitometry test. Speak to your primary care physician, to determine if a baseline screening is right for you. For an appointment, contact the DeKalb Clinic Diagnostic Imaging department at (815) 758-8671.