Private Bone Density (DEXA) Scan

A DEXA or bone densitometry scan measures the density and strength of your bones, and is used to diagnose or assess your risk of osteoporosis.

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What is a bone density scan?

A bone density scan is also known as a DEXA (dual energy X-ray absorptiometry) scan, DXA scan, and bone densitometry scan.

The loss of bone density with age (osteoporosis) weakens your bones. This type of scan is used to measure the density and strength of your bones, and check for osteoporosis.

Need to know

This simple scan is quick and painless. You will need to lie down on an examining table where two low-dose X-rays are used to measure the bone density of two areas of your skeleton - usually the lumbar spine and both hips.

These are the two main areas at risk of fractures caused by osteoporosis. The test takes about 10 minutes. Your results will be ready within 48 hours.

You don't need to prepare before having a bone density scan. You can take your usual medication and eat as normal.

Wearing loose comfortable clothing is recommended, with no metal studs or belts. You can wear a bra. You'll need to fill in a lifestyle questionnaire before you have the scan. It includes questions about your medical history and medication etc.

Your results will be sent to your referring doctor, who'll discuss them with you and let you know if you require any treatment.

Our diagnostics team

You may be referred for a bone density scan by your consultant. At HCA Healthcare UK we have diagnostic units with teams of radiographers who experienced in undertaking DEXA scans and will ensure your are looked after during your scan.

A radiologist will review and report on your scan, the results will be sent back to your referring consultant.

Our locations

The Princess Grace Hospital

The Princess Grace Hospital

42-52 Nottingham Place W1U 5NY London
The Lister Hospital

The Lister Hospital

Chelsea Bridge Road, SW1W 8RH London
The Shard Outpatients

The Shard Outpatients

The Shard, 32 St Thomas Street SE1 9BS London

This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.