Bone Densitometry

Twenty-five million Americans have osteoporosis, a disease that decreases bone density and increases bone fragility leaving the victim susceptible to fractures. Early diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis can significantly reduce the risk of fracture. Bone Densitometry is an essential tool in the diagnosis and management of osteoporosis. Penobscot Valley Hospital’s state-of-the-art Lunar Bone Densitometry system can provide physicians with this vital information.

GE Lunar Prodigy for DEXA (DXA) Scans

Provides bone densitometry of spine, hip, and upper extremity.


  • Efficiently provides you with accurate bone mineral density (BMD) and other body composition analyses 
  • Exceptional precision and low-dose radiation 
  • Precise data on soft tissue and bone composition
  • Performs supine-forearm scans, AP Spine and Dual-femur exams  without patient repositioning

Bone Densitometry testing is fast and simple. A routine exam takes about 10 minutes and includes an examination of the spine and hip areas. These two areas are common areas for fractures to occur. In most cases, patients are not required to change into a hospital gown provided they wear light-weight clothing free of metal snaps or zippers. The only preparation for the exam is to avoid taking Calcium supplements two days prior to the exam.