Horizon® DXA System

A DXA system that does more

The Horizon DXA system is the latest in densitometry technology, but the dual energy X-ray does more than just measure bone density. The Horizon DXA system has features for a complete fracture risk assessment and more.

Single energy femur exam:
Manage patients' concerns about long-term bisphosphonate use with the 15-second single energy femur scan that allows visualization of potential incomplete atypical femur fractures.

Vertebral fracture assessment:
The HD Instant Vertebral Fracture™ assessment dramatically improves the detection of vertebral fractures by doubling the resolution of previously available techniques with a low dose, single-energy image.1

Abdominal aortic calcification:
The HD Instant Vertebral Fracture assessment also allows you to visualize calcified plaque in the abdominal aorta, which may be a significant indicator of heart disease and stroke.2-4 Exclusive to Hologic, this feature provides vital information that may link coronary heart disease, the leading cause of death for women.

Advanced Body Composition® assessment:

With InnerCore™ Visceral Fat Assessment, the Advanced Body Composition assessment is a more comprehensive way to measure body composition compared to other methods on the market. It provides you % body fat, total lean mass, bone density, limb comparison for muscle imbalance detection, visceral fat and more. We call it the BodyLogic™ scan.

Powerful images. Clear answers.

Our technology:

  • High-resolution ceramic digital detectors array featuring ultra fast, high output, low noise ceramic detectors that provide better bone mapping and images.
  • High frequency dual energy X-ray source that is smaller and lighter than previous generations.
  • Dynamic Calibration™ system, delivering real-time pixel-by-pixel calibration through bone and tissue equivalents for greater long-term measurement stability.
  • OnePass™ single-sweep scanning designed to eliminate beam overlap errors and image distortion found in rectilinear acquisition techniques that delivers superb image quality5 and precision.


References: 1. F. Cosman, J. et al. Spine fracture prevalence in a nationally representative sample of US women and men aged 40 years: results from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) 2013-2014. Published online: 07 February 2017 International Osteoporosis Foundation and National Osteoporosis Foundation 2017  2. Wilson PWF, Kauppila LI, O'Donnell CJ, et al. Abdominal aortic calcific deposits are an important predictor of vascular morbidity and mortality. Circulation. 2001;103(11):1529-34.  3. Hollander M, Hak AE, Koudstaal PJ, et al. Comparison between measures of atherosclerosis and risk of stroke: the Rotterdam Study. Stroke. 2003;34(10):2367-2372.  4. van der Meer IM, Bots ML, Hofman A, del Sol AI, van der Kuip DAM, Witteman JCM. Predictive value of noninvasive measures of atherosclerosis for incident myocardial infarction: the Rotterdam Study. Circulation. 2004;109(9):1089-1094.  5. Jankowski, L et al. Quantifying Image Quality of DXA Scanners Performing Vertebral Fracture Assessment Using Radiographic Phantoms. 2006.  6. Hangartner, TN. A study of long-term precision of dual energy X-ray absorptiometry bone densitometers and implications for the validity of the least-significant-change calculation. Osteoporosis Int. 2007;18:513-523. DOI 10.107/s00198-006-0280


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