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Dual Energy X-ray Absorpiometry


Dual-energy X-ray Absorptiometry (DEXA) is a diagnostic tool that measures bone mineral density. This test is commonly used to diagnose osteoporosis, a condition characterized by weak and brittle bones, and to assess the risk of developing osteogenesis imperfecta.

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The DEXA scan is a simple and brief examination taking approximately 10-15 minutes to complete.

Prior to the scan, you will be asked to answer a few questions to help the doctor assess if you have any medical conditions or are taking any medications that can affect your risk of fractures. The scan uses a tiny amount of ionizing radiation to create images of your lower spine and hips, which are the areas most commonly used to measure bone loss. DEXA is considered the current gold standard for determining bone mineral density (BMD).

DEXA scan price £225.

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If you have any questions regarding our DEXA scan service, we are here to help!

DEXA, 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 bone mineral density.

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.

We expect the scan to take up to 20 minutes.

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