DEXA Body Scan

What is a DEXA Body Scan?

Body Composition Analysis provides detailed and accurate information about overall health and athletic performance. Using Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry (DEXA), a breakdown is provided that distinguishes between lean body mass, fat mass, and bone mass, therefore providing the most accurate picture of body weight.

Why is the DEXA technology the gold standard?

The scanner uses a 3D model to produce color images of the bone and the soft tissue and compiles the information into an easy to read report. Fat tissue mass and lean muscle mass percentages for the total body as well as the arms, legs, and torso are provided.

This information is useful for many applications, including for the weightlifter who wants to monitor muscle growth and fat loss, as well as for the person who has decided to make dietary changes and wants to track their weight loss progress.

The results from the DEXA scan are highly reproducible and have been validated through repeated scientific studies. No other technique can match the accuracy and precision of a DEXA scan.

How is the scan performed?

The exam is simple, painless, and non-invasive. The patient will lie on their backs on the DEXA table for approximately 8 minutes. The scanner will move above them and take a picture of their whole body. The radiation exposure is less than 1/20th of a chest x-ray (less than a daily dose of natural radiation exposure).

You should wear loose fitting clothing with no metal zippers or buttons, and no jewelry. If you have any metal implants, breast implants, or a pacemaker, we will not be able to complete a scan on you

How much does the test cost?

Insurance does not pay for this procedure, however, we offer individual scans at a very affordable price of $75 per scan. We also offer multi-scan packages at a reduced cost and that can be scheduled at your desired intervals.

Interpreting your results

For a thorough interpretation of your results, take your report to your next physician visit, or see the following resources:

Bodyscan Explanatory Notes and Percentile Tables

We also offer nutritional consultations with our registered dietitian who is qualified to interpret DEXA Body Scan reports.

Please call our office at 229-438-3300 and press 3 for Appointments and we would be happy to schedule an appointment for you.

Bone Densitometry

Bone Densitometry

bonedensityxrayBone density scanning, also called dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA) or bone densitometry, is an enhanced form of x-ray technology that is used to measure bone loss. Bone density scanning is today’s established standard for measuring bone mineral density. Bone density scanning is most often performed on the lower spine and hips. In some adults, the whole body is sometimes scanned. Bone density scanning 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, as well as structural changes, causing the bones to become thinner, more fragile and more likely to break. Bone density scanning is also effective in tracking the effects of treatment for osteoporosis and other conditions that cause bone loss. Bone density scanning can also access an individual’s risk for developing fractures. The risk of fracture is affected by age, body weight, history of prior fracture, family history of osteoporotic fractures and life style issues such as cigarette smoking and excessive alcohol consumption. These factors are taken into consideration when deciding if a patient needs therapy.

Vascular Studies

Vascular Studies

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Vascular Studies – These non-invasive tests are beneficial in the assessment of peripheral vascular disease or circulation disorders. Using various ultrasound and pressure recording techniques, the arteries and veins of the extremities can be studied. In addition, these exams can identify abnormalities in the carotid arteries of the neck and also abdominal aorta.

Vascular Studies of the Extremities – These non-invasive tests are beneficial in the assessment of Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD). Using various ultrasound and pressure recording technology the arteries of the extremities can be studied. Sometimes the treadmill is used in symptomatic patients. The ankle pressures are reported following a few minutes of walking to further assess PAD. Also using ultrasound with color-flow and Doppler the veins can be assessed for the presence of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT).

Electromyogram

Electromyogram

An electromyogram (EMG) measures the electrical activity of muscles at rest and during contraction. Nerve conduction studies measure how well and how fast the nerves can send electrical signals. Nerves control the muscles in the body by electrical signals (impulses), and these impulses make the muscles react in specific ways. Nerve and muscle disorders cause the muscles to react in abnormal ways. Measuring the electrical activity in muscles and nerves can help find diseases that damage muscle tissue (such as muscular dystrophy) or nerves (such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or peripheral neuropathies). EMG and nerve conduction studies are often done together to give more complete information.

PRT Spirometry

PRT Spirometry

Lung function tests (also called pulmonary function tests, or PFTs) evaluate how well your lungs work. The tests determine how much air your lungs can hold, how quickly you can move air in and out of your lungs, and how well your lungs put oxygen into and remove carbon dioxide from your blood. The tests can diagnose lung diseases, measure the severity of lung problems, and check to see how well treatment for a lung disease is working.

Coumadin Clinic

Coumadin Clinic

coumadin-clinicSafe use of the anticoagulant, Coumadin, requires careful monitoring and regulation of the drug. Here in our Coumadin Clinic, we understand the importance of providing such a service to meet the needs of patients taking Coumadin. The Coumadin clinic is under the supervision of your physician. We have a committed staff consisting of experienced nurses and technicians. The finger-stick method is all that is needed to obtain your Protime blood results in a quick two minutes. This service is offered by appointment to help expedite your visit. Counseling and educational materials to help you achieve and maintain appropriate Coumadin levels are provided.

Core Services

Core Services

  • Abscess incision and drainage
  • Abdominal, thyroid, and renal ultrasound
  • Ankle-brachial index (ABI)
  • Biopsy
  • Bone density x-ray
  • Breast exam
  • Coumadin management clinic
  • Diabetic education
  • DOT physicals (USDOT)
  • Echocardiography
  • EKG (electrocardiogram ECG)
  • Electromyogram (EMG)
  • Event recording studies
  • Excision of skin lesion
  • Excision shaving or destruction of skin and subcutaneous tissue
  • General radiology
  • Gynecologic cancer screening
  • Gynecological exams
  • Hormone replacement therapy
  • 24 hour Holter monitor studies
  • Joint arthrocentesis
  • Joint injection
  • Laboratory services (extensive)
  • Lung function studies (spirometry)
  • Laceration repair
  • Nerve conduction studies
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Pap smear
  • Pelvic exams
  • Physical examination
  • Preventative care
  • Removal of wart
  • Skin biopsy
  • Spirometry
  • Stitches
  • Stress echo testing
  • Treadmill stress testing
  • Trigger point injections
  • Urgent care (same-day appointments)
  • Urinalysis
  • Vaccinations
  • Vascular ultrasound studies
  • Wellness
  • Wellness exams
  • X-ray
  • Weight loss consultation


Top Conditions Treated

  • Allergies
  • Abnormal ultrasound
  • Anxiety conditions
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Chronic diseases
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • Emphysema
  • Geriatrics
  • Headache
  • Heart disease
  • Hemorrhoids
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Hypertension
  • Infectious diseases
  • Injuries
  • Menopause
  • Obesity
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteopenia
  • Osteoporosis
  • Pneumonia
  • Sleep apnea
  • Strokes
  • Ulcer diseases
  • Vaginitis/Vaginosis
  • Women’s health

Diabetes Education

Diabetes Education

diabeteseducationDiabetes education focuses on ways to incorporate disease management principles into the individual’s daily life and minimize dependence on the health care provider. There are three areas that our Diabetic Educator focuses on: basic disease management including basic survivor skills, home management, and improvement of lifestyle. Our diabetic education is designed for both the newly diagnosed diabetic and those who need additional help controlling their diabetic disease.

Home Sleep Study

Home Sleep Study

There are two general ways to test for obstructive sleep apnea – patients can visit a sleep center in a hospital or stand-alone facility for an overnight technician monitored test, or they can take a test at home in their own bed. Most insurance plans require that you have had a home sleep study before authorizing a sleep center administered test. The cost of a home sleep study is considerably less. Testing can typically be completed with one night of study. A board certified sleep medicine physician will read your study and report your results and recommendations to your Albany Internal Medicine physician.