A bone density scan is an imaging test which uses minimal radiation to measure the calcium content of the bone.
A bone density scan is an imaging test which uses minimal radiation to measure the calcium content of the bone. It is used to determine bone strength.
Bone density scanning, also called dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA), or bone densitometry, is an enhanced form of X-ray technology used to measure bone loss or osteoporosis. It uses a DEXA scanner and gives a reading of bone density in relation to the average for a person of your size and weight.
Osteoporosis is reduced calcium content of bone and can increase the risk of fracture. It affects women and men. For some women calcium loss may be rapid and severe. The consequences of osteoporosis include pain, disability and deformity. Loss of bone strength may progress to a broken bone.
A bone density test can:
The appointment generally takes between 20-40 minutes.
Before your Examination
Please wear clothing without buckles, buttons or zips.
Please call us to make an appointment for your scan.
If you have a referral from your doctor please bring this with you.
You are able to self-refer for this test if you wish but we recommend you send a copy of your report to your doctor to enable it to be added to your medical file.
When you have your scan a skilled, qualified technician will ask you to lie on a special bed. You will hear a quiet machine noise and a scanning arm will move above you, but will not touch you. The technician will tell you when the scan is finished.
Your scan results will be interpreted by the radiologist and a report will be sent directly to your doctor who will discuss the results with you.