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Are There Any Risks Associated with a DEXA Scan?

Are There Any Risks Associated with a DEXA Scan?

A DEXA scan uses less than one-tenth of the dose of radiation than that used in a standard chest X-ray, which is considered extremely low and is generally safe for most people. This amount of radiation is similar to the amount of background radiation received by an average person over a typical day. However, any amount of radiation may harm an unborn baby. Therefore, you should not have a DEXA scan if you are pregnant. Excessive radiation exposure may increase cancer risk, but the amount of radiation used in a DEXA scan remains relatively low, and the benefits often outweigh potential cancer risks.

DEXA scans are non-invasive and are not associated with any other major risks or complications. We urge you to contact our team at Hudson Medical directly if you have any questions or concerns regarding the safety of this procedure.

To learn more about whether a DEXA scan is ideal for you, make an appointment with one of our providers at Hudson Wellness. Our team at Hudson Wellness has extensive experience with this unique service and can discuss its benefits in greater detail during your appointment.

Contact us today at 646-882-6278 to schedule a consultation or request a consultation online. Our wellness providers remain on standby to answer your questions about our many wellness services.

References:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5335887/

https://www.bones.nih.gov/health-info/bone/osteoporosis/overview

https://medlineplus.gov/lab-tests/bone-density-scan

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