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Bone Densitometry (DEXA)

Bone densitometry is a procedure that uses small amounts of radiation to measure bone density. This test can help doctors determine if a child has a bone deficiency or bone loss.

There are myriad reasons why a child may have low bone density. Causes may be genetic, illness related, a symptom of nutritional deficiencies, or the result of certain types of medications necessary to fight life-threatening conditions. Cook Children's radiology team provides testing, evaluations, and diagnoses for children and teens who may have, or be at risk for, low bone density. These test results can help you and your pediatrician determine the best course of care for your child.

What to expect

Bone densitometry is a painless, non-invasive scan. The bone density table is a soft bed with a moving arm. Your child will lie down on the table and the arm will move along the table while taking measurements of his or her bones. During your visit, a technologist will also document your child's height and weight for the bone density exam.

Appointments and locations

A bone densitometry is ordered through your doctor's office. If you have questions regarding your child's appointment or need to reschedule or cancel an appointment, you can contact us at 682-885-4076.

Bone densitometry procedures are performed at the Dodson Specialty Clinics building, located on the Campus of Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas. Click here for a map and directions.

We're here to help

Referring physicians: To schedule your patient (inpatient/outpatient), call 682-885-4076. You'll find referral forms on our appointments page.

Patients: For questions regarding your child's appointment, to reschedule or cancel, please call 682-885-4076. Schedulers are available 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Your doctor's office may have given you some directions to follow. If these directions are not followed correctly, your child's appointment may be delayed or rescheduled.

Preparing for your visit

If your child has been referred to us for a test and/or procedure, we will contact to you to schedule an appointment. At that time you will also be given any special instructions necessary to prepare for your visit, depending on what services your child will be receiving.