Bone Density

Dual energy x-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) is used to measure bone mineral density (BMD).  Low bone density or osteoporosis is a major determinant of fracture risk and is common, particularly in women following menopause. Loss of bone density may also be accelerated in conditions affecting the liver and thyroid gland and by certain medications, in particular steroids. Measurement of the spine and hip is routinely performed. Measurement of the forearm may also be undertaken if required.

Does any of the following apply to you? If so please contact us as soon as possible.

  • You suspect or know that you may be pregnant
  • You are a diabetic

Do you require an interpreter?
Is the patient non-english speaking? If so, we can arrange for an interpreter to be present during the appointment. Please let us know as soon as possible so we can make the relevant arrangements.

Please advise our team at the time of your booking of any previous bone density scans. If you have copies of any previous imaging, please bring them with you on the day of your examination. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask us.

  • On arrival, you will be required to complete relevant paperwork
  • You will be required to change into a gown and remove any jewellery
  • The technician will request your height and weight for this procedure
  • You will lie on the procedural table where the arm of the machine will move over your body but will not touch you
  • The procedure will take around 20 minutes to complete
  • For part of the procedure, the technician will raise your legs with a support cushion
  • The images will be reviewed and reported by one of our specialist radiologists
  • Please advise our reception team of your follow up appointment date with your referring doctor.

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