This service provides infrastructure for bone mineral density and body composition measurements. Services are available to investigators (examples: Ph.D., M.D., D.O.) interested in the analysis of bone and body composition. All measurements can be performed in adult and pediatric populations. Measurements are performed by a single bone densitometry technologist, thereby maximizing reproducibility.
- Dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) scans can assess bone mineral content and density at multiple sites, including the forearm, hip, spine, and total body.
- Total body DEXA is also used for assessment of body composition including body mass index (BMI) and lean and fat body masses. Vertebral assessments can also be performed by DEXA for deformities of the vertebrae. It also provides a good screening tool for visualization of calcification in the abdominal aorta that can indicate heart disease.
- Other analysis and screening services that are provided include heel ultrasound for bone density and bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA) for body composition.
- The service center is located at UConn Health, lower campus, on the first floor of the Administrative Services Building.
If interested in the above services, please contact Ms. Linda Thompson.
Bone Densitometry Technologist