DEXA scan / bone density scan
What is a DEXA scan?
A DEXA scanner is an x-ray machine that can examine how dense (strong) your bones are, and whether you have osteoporosis (weakened bones that are losing minerals such as calcium). A DEXA scan is also known as a bone density scan.
During the DEXA scan, we will use small amounts of radiation to measure the density in your hips and spinal column. The amount of radiation that passes through the bones tells us how dense your bones are. A computer will calculate your average bone density and compares this to the averages of people of your age and gender.
The procedure will take 20 minutes.
After the procedure
You can go home directly after the procedure.
Your practicing physician will discuss your results with you during your next consultation.