Bone Density and DXA Scans

Dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) is one means of measuring bone mineralization and estimating bone strength and fracture risk. The Pediatric Bone Densitometry Service, available through University of Utah Health’s Division of Pediatric Endocrinology, offers bone densitometry and body composition testing in children ages three through 19 years.

Utilizing fan beam technology to acquire an aerial image, DXA yields both bone mass and body composition (fat and lean tissue) results. We are uniquely equipped to scan children and provide meaningful age and gender-matched reference data for evaluation of individual bone health status.

While the exact relationship between DXA data and fracture risk is less understood in pediatrics, there is good normative data available to identify individuals with poor bone mineralization.

Our technicians possess over 15 years of experience acquiring DXA in children of all capacities, and are knowledgeable about non-standard scan types such as the lateral distal femur technique. Our interpreting physician is board certified in pediatrics and the subspecialty pediatric endocrinology, and has over 14 years of experience working with pediatric metabolic bone disorders.

All staff are licensed by the State of Utah and have received professional certification in their respective fields of bone densitometry from the International Society of Clinical Densitometry (ISCD).

ISCD’s Certified Bone Densitometry Technologist (CBDT) credential signifies that an individual has passed an examination designed to meet established industry standards and best practices in the field of bone densitometry.

The Certified Clinical Densitometrist (CCD) credential recognizes medical practitioners who meet specified knowledge requirements in the field of bone densitometry as measured through a standardized testing process.