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Bone Densitometry

During a bone densitometry exam, our team of technologists will make sure that the patient is as relaxed as possible. During the exam, which takes approximately 15-20 minutes, the patient may become uncomfortable at certain points. To make the individual feel more at ease, he or she will be provided with a cushion under the knees, as well as a blanket or sheet. If a patient should feel anxious, the technologist will remain in the room throughout the duration of the exam.

DEXA bone densitometry is most often used to diagnose osteoporosis, a condition that often affects women after menopause but may also be found in men. Osteoporosis involves a gradual loss of calcium, causing the bones to become thinner, more fragile and more likely to break. The DEXA test can also assess your risk for developing fractures. If your bone density is found to be low, you and your physician can work together on a treatment plan to help prevent fractures before they occur. DEXA is also effective in tracking the effects of treatment for osteoporosis or for other conditions that cause bone loss.

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Alliance Community Hospital can accommodate patients 5 years of age and above for many clinical indications.  They have a GE Lunar Progidy Digital Bone Densitometry unit.

If you have any further questions, feel free to call our Imaging Department at 330-596-7700.

To make an appointment, call Centralized Scheduling at 330-596-7187.

Thank you for choosing Alliance Community Hospital to perform your Bone Densitometry examination. We realize that you may have questions regarding your upcoming exam and hope this information below will help explain the procedure to you.

Advances Beyond BMD -GE Lunar Prodigy Advance


BMD and soft-tissue assessment provide valuable clinical information in children with growth disorders, metabolic diseases, and cachexic disorders, among other conditions. Gender-specific pediatric reference data is implemented. A specific option “Infant Total Body” is also available for measuring young children and infants.

Dual-energy Vertebral Assessment (DVA) - diagnose and assess vertebral fractures with your densitometer
Dual-energy Vertebral Assessment (DVA) expands the clinical applications available for the Lunar Prodigy Advance bone densitometer. DVA provides a rapid, dual-energy image of the AP and lateral spine allowing clinicians to visually assess the presence of vertebral fractures. Experts and radiologists agree; dual-energy is the preferred method for imaging the lateral spine.

Advanced Hip Assessment (AHA): Hip Axis Length (HAL), Cross-Sectional Moment of Inertia (CSMI)
The Lunar Prodigy Advance provides the first major breakthroughs in femoral  densitometry assessment since the introduction of DXA system software in 1987. These features are included in the new Advanced Hip Assessment software, available only on the Prodigy. AHA includes all the standard femoral regions of interest that were previously available, plus additional key measurements and assessments:

  • HAL has been demonstrated in prospective studies as an effective adjunct to femur bone density in predicting fracture risk.
  • CSMI calculated using the Lunar Prodigy Advance for research into load-bearing capacity of the hip.


The Orthopaedic software measures precisely and accurately Bone Mineral Density (BMD), and Bone Mineral Content (BMC), providing orthopaedists with a valuable tool for both clinical practice and research.

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