Private Bone Density (DEXA) Scan London

Bone densitometry

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

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

  • What happens during a bone scan? icon plus

    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.
  • How to prepare icon plus

    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.
  • After the scan icon plus

    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

From X-rays to MRI and CT scans, we provide exceptional diagnostics care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

Contact us about diagnostic tests and scans

Our advisors can help with enquiries about booking a diagnostic scan and can help you book an appointment for a diagnostic test or scan once you have been referred by a GP or consultant.

Call us on

020 7079 4344
This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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