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Bone Densitometer Options: Choosing a Pencil or Fan Beam DXA

Bone densitometers are used to test the density of bone, and to detect osteoporosis and bone fractures in patients. Bone densitometer scanning is also called DEXA scanning, and is the standard method for measuring bone mineral density (BMD).

Osteoporosis affects millions of people around the world, and it is estimated that one in two women and up to one in four men over the age of 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis.

The bone densitometer is a useful and specific machine that doesn’t get as much love as it deserves, but it’s important to be educated about the two different types of bone densitometers when considering one for your facility: Pencil Beam DXA, or Fan Beam DXA.

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