All forms should be completed in advance of your appointment. Please follow the links below to access the DEXA Form required for your upcoming appointment.
Please notify our staff when scheduling and checking in for your appointment if any of the following apply to you:
Arrive at the time of your appointment. Weill Cornell Imaging at NewYork-Presbyterian is limiting the number of patients in our offices at any one time. Patients who arrive early may be asked to return at the time they are scheduled.
Unless needed for physical assistance or to translate for you, visitors are not allowed to accompany patients at any of our practices. For pediatric patients, one parent may accompany a child.
Wearing the right clothing may eliminate the need for you to change into a gown prior to your exam.
All of our imaging practices have procedures in place to ensure the safety of our patients and staff. These include:
All patients and visitors are clinically screened upon arrival including a temperature check.
Patient verification is an important part of your safety and you will be asked to verify your identification and your exam several times during your appointment. Our check-in staff will review your completed registration forms with you.
For many exams you will not have to change into a gown unless you are wearing something that contains metal (see guidelines above). Some exams do require that you are in a gown. You will be asked to remove and place your electronic devices, wallet, credit cards, metro card, watch, jewelry, belt, hairpins, eyeglasses, hearing aid, or any removable dental pieces into the provided lockers.
DEXA, also known as DXA or bone density exam, uses a very small dose of x-rays to measure density of bones. These measurements are compared to normal values for patients of similar sex and age in order to assess whether or not there has been excessive bone loss or osteoporosis. This can predict a person’s risk of developing fractures. DEXA is also used to follow patients who are taking medication for osteoporosis in order to assess the effectiveness of the treatment(s).
DEXA is painless and requires no special preparation. You should let your technologist know if you are pregnant. You should also inform your technologist if you have had a recent barium exam, CT exam with contrast, or a nuclear medicine exam. You should also not take any calcium supplements for 24 hours prior to the examination.