OD(A or ‘dual energy X-ray absorpiometry: is an examination where you lie on a special bed while the arm of a scanner passes over you to measure your mineral bone density.


Friends Medical Care routinely perform the most common examinations including:

This examination will be conducted by a Radiographer and a chaperone will be present

The measurements are then compared with people of a similar age and weight. and of the same sex and ethnic background.

Once the results of your examination are passed to your doctor, they will determine if you have osteoporosis and if you are at risk of brittle bones.

Useful Informaton

If you have any questions on a Dexa scan we are here to help?

When you book a Dex scan appointment our specialist team will walk you through everything that you will need to carry out from start to finish, including post treatment instructions.

Our frequently asked questions section for this treatment is there to help with any common general questions that come up. 

If you still have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact our team on the details below or to book an appointment click the link below. 


There are no dietary requirements. though be sure to dress comfortably, with clothing that does not have any metal zips or buttons - as metal will interfere with the X-ray. If you wear a bra, this will have to be removed. A gown may be provided, if necessary.

Let us know if you have specific requirements. for example: wheelchair access. or if you have visual impairment or suffer from hearing loss.

• When you attend your appointment, speak with the reception team who will check your appointment details and guide you to the waiting area. You may have to complete a pre-examination form depending on your particular circumstances.

• A member of staff will escort you to the changing room.

• Your height and weight will be checked and you will be instructed on changing:'

• The Radiographer will take you through to the scanner and confirm your details.

• You will then lie down on scanning table and the radiographer will position you and start the scan.

• You can eat and drink normally after the scan.

• You can drive home afterward and return to activities.

• We will send your results to your referring clinician, who will be discuss them with you at your follow-up appointment. If this has not already been scheduled. you will need to contact them to arrange for this.

As with all X-ray examinations, there is a small amount of risk involved with ionising radiation, equivalent of approximately two days of radiation from our natural environment or radiation expected from a short flight. Your referring doctor has decided that the risks are negligible and that benefits of the examination are much greater.

If you think you could be pregnant, please inform a member of staff

• Yes, but they may only enter the examination room in special circumstances (for health &safety reasons).

• There should be no discomfort during the scan. IF you find positioning or the procedure uncomfortable. please tell a member of staff.

If you think you could be pregnant, please inform a member of staff

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41 High St, Lurgan, Craigavon BT66 8AH

Newry Clinic Address

Windsor Ave, Newry BT34 1EG