During a DEXA exam, you will lie flat on a comfortable, padded table. An x-ray generator is located below you and an imaging device, or detector, is positioned above. For a scan of the spine, your legs are supported on a padded box,
which flattens the pelvis and lower (lumbar) spine. For your hip, your foot is placed in a brace in order to rotate the hip inward. In both cases, the detector is slowly passed over the area to generate images on a computer monitor.
A radiologic technologist will ask you to hold very still and possibly to hold your breath for a few seconds while the image is taken. This helps ensure a clear image.