Services at Banner Gateway Medical Center  

Bone Health

healthy bones  

We offer bone densitometry testing at the Banner Gateway Women's Imaging Center. It is just one tool to help women monitor their health and fight osteoporosis. Bone density tests, called DEXA or dual-energy X-ray absorption, measure bone mass to determine whether you have osteopenia or osteoporosis and are at risk for a fracture.

  • A physician referral is required for a bone densitometry test.
  • Please call (480) 543-6900 to schedule your exam.
  • Our Women's Imaging Center is located on the hospital campus in the Canyon Springs Medical Plaza just west of the hospital.

What is "bone mineral density" (BMD)?
Bone mineral density (BMD) measures the absolute amount of bone and helps determine bone strength and its ability to bear weight. It is measured with a dual energy X-ray absorptiometry test

What is "bone mineral density" (BMD)?
Bone mineral density (BMD) measures the absolute amount of bone and helps determine bone strength and its ability to bear weight. It is measured with a dual energy X-ray absorptiometry test (referred to as a DEXA scan). By measuring density, it is possible to predict the risk of fracturing a bone in the same way that measuring blood pressure can help predict the risk of stroke.

This test can not predict the certainty of developing a fracture. It can only predict risk. It is also important to note that a bone density scan, or test, should not be confused with a bone scan, which is a nuclear medicine test.

Who should get a bone density test?
Bone densitometry scans should be considered for patients who are under the age of 65 if they have the following risk factors:

  • History of fracture as an adult
  • History of fragility fracture in a close relative
  • Low body weight (under 127 pounds)
  • Use of corticosteroid therapy for more than three months
  • Estrogen deficiency at an early age (45 years or younger). 

Medicare will cover bone density testing every two years for patients who are 65 years or older and who have one of the following conditions:

  • Estrogen deficient and at risk for osteoporosis
  • Abnormalities in the vertabrae 
  • Long term use of glucocorticoid steroid therapy
  • Diagnosis of Primary Hyperparathyroidism
  • Use of an approved osteoporosis drug therapy.


Banner Gateway Medical Center
Higley Road and US 60
1900 N. Higley Road
Gilbert, Arizona 85234
(480) 543-2000
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