Osteoporosis Scanning (DEXA)
A DEXA Scan (Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry) is performed to measure bone mineral density. It should ideally be measured at around 40 years to identify any significant loss in bone density.
What is Osteoporosis and should I have a screen?
Osteoporosis will affect around 1 in 2 women and 1 in 5 men and is a condition which causes loss of bone mineral to a point where fractures can occur following an injury such as a fall. Many people have no symptoms before a fracture occurs. Such fractures can be debilitating in later life, especially hip fracture, yet early detection and preventative treatment at a younger age can avoid the most serious consequences of osteoporosis.
Before your scan, we will check through the form with you, explain what will happen during the scan and answer any other questions you may have.
If you would prefer not to change into a gown to be scanned, please wear or bring a ‘zipless’ tracksuit.
What happens during a scan?
During your scan, a scanner is passed over your spine and hips. The scan is painless and takes about 20 minutes. A report will be issued within one week.
***Please print off and complete the DEXA questionnaire (you can download this from the right side of this page) and return it to the hospital before your appointment.**
If you would like to book a DEXA scan please call us on 0208 936 1202