Jefferson Health

DEXA Scan

To detect osteoporosis in its early stages, a DEXA scan can be performed. DEXA scans use special X-rays to measure how many grams of calcium and other bone minerals are packed into a segment of bone. The higher your mineral content, the denser your bones; and the denser your bones, the stronger they are and the less likely they are to break.

This simple 10-minute procedure compares your bone density to that of the average bone density of a 30-year old healthy woman. If you are over the age of 50 with a family history of osteoporosis or symptoms such as unusual fractures, you should consult with a physician to determine if you need a DEXA scan.

DEXA Scans in South Philadelphia

The Women's Diagnostic Center at Methodist offers DEXA scan services four days a week for faster appointment scheduling. Fast and comfortable, DEXA scans provide accurate results by measuring the bone density at your hip or spine – sites that are most likely to break due to osteoporosis. During the test, you lie on a padded platform while a mechanical arm-like imaging device passes over your body without ever touching you. The test emits some radiation but only about one-tenth of that emitted during a chest X-ray.

To schedule an appointment for a DEXA scan, call 215-952-1234. Walk-ins are accepted for this service.

DEXA Scans in Center City Philadelphia and East Norriton, Pa

DEXA scans are also performed at Jefferson Outpatient Imaging, a world-class outpatient diagnostic imaging facility that integrates leading-edge medical technology with a patient-friendly environment. We set a new standard in quality of care by providing comprehensive imaging services in the convenience of an outpatient setting at four locations around the Delaware Valley. Free onsite parking is available at all locations.

Find a Jefferson Outpatient Imaging facility near you:

Center City DEXA Scan Location

Walnut Towers
850 Walnut Street
Ground Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107
215-503-4900

DEXA Scan Hours of Operation

  • Monday: 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Tuesday through Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Every other Saturday: 8 a.m. to noon

East Norriton DEXA Scan Location

1 West Germantown Pike
East Norriton, PA 19401
610-277-3202

Dexa Scan Hours of Operation

  • Monday through Friday: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Wednesdays until 7 p.m.)