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A DEXA Scan (Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry) is performed to measure bone mineral density. It should ideally be measured at around 40 years to identify any significant loss in bone density.
What is Osteoporosis and should I have a screen?
Osteoporosis will affect around 1 in 2 women and 1 in 5 men and is a condition which causes loss of bone mineral to a point where fractures can occur following an injury such as a fall. Many people have no symptoms before a fracture occurs. Such fractures can be debilitating in later life, especially hip fracture, yet early detection and preventative treatment at a younger age can avoid the most serious consequences of osteoporosis.
Before your scan, we will check through the form with you, explain what will happen during the scan and answer any other questions you may have.
What happens during a scan?
During your scan, a scanner is passed over your spine and hips. The scan is painless and takes about 20 minutes. A report will be issued within one week.