DEXA scan. A DEXA scan is a test that measures bone mineral density. Short for dual-energy X-ray absorption, the DEXA scan helps your doctor evaluate bone health and determine the likelihood of osteoporosis or bone fractures. This scan also may help detect if cancer has metastasized, or spread, to the bones.
So, how much does it cost for a DEXA scan?
A DEXA scan costs about $125. And if your doctor prescribes a drug when you only have mild bone loss, you spend money you don't need to. A month's supply of generic alendronate can cost as much as $75. Fosamax, the brand-name of the same drug, can cost twice as much.
Why do I need a DEXA scan?
A bone-density test is a way to measure the strength of your bones. The test, called a DEXA scan, is a kind of X-ray. Many people get a bone-density test every few years. The main reason to have the test is to find and treat serious bone loss, called osteoporosis, and prevent fractures and disability.
What is a test for body composition?
In physical fitness, body composition is used to describe the percentages of fat, bone, water and muscle in human bodies. Because muscular tissue takes up less space in our body than fat tissue, our body composition, as well as our weight, determines leanness.