dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry

noun

du·​al-en·​er·​gy X-ray absorptiometry ˈdü(-ə)l-ˈe-nər-jē- How to pronounce dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (audio)
 also  ˈdyü-əl-
variants or dual energy X-ray absorptiometry
: absorptiometry in which the density or mass of a material (such as bone) is measured by comparing the material's absorption of X-rays of two different energies and which is used especially for determining the mineral content of bone
abbreviation DEXA, DXA

Examples of dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Researchers measured whole-body, total hip, femoral neck, and lumbar spine bone mineral density at enrollment and followed up during year one, year three, and year six using dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry, also known as a DEXA scan. L'oreal Thompson Payton, Fortune Well, 27 Feb. 2023 All women over 65 and postmenopausal women under 65 who have additional risk factors like yours should be screened with a dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) scan. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 9 Dec. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1988, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry was in 1988

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Medical Definition

dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry

noun
du·​al-energy X-ray absorptiometry
ˈd(y)ü-əl-
: absorptiometry in which the density or mass of a material (such as bone or fat) is measured by comparing the material's absorption of X-rays of two different energies and which is used especially for determining the mineral content and density of bone
A medical exam ascertained bone density by using dual-energy X- ray absorptiometry (DXA), a standard method of assessing the extent of osteoporosis.Mari N. Jensen, Science News
abbreviation DEXA, DXA
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