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What is a DEXA Scan?

Dual Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry (DEXA) scans are high precision x-rays used to measure bone mineral density, bone loss and if you are at a higher risk of Osteoporosis. They are quick, safe and accurate.

What happens during a DEXA Scan?

You will be asked to complete a safety questionnaire and guided through a safety presentation by your Radiographer. DEXA scans often take around 20 minutes.

You will lie on an examining table as the low dose X-rays measure bone density. For accuracy of scan results you will need to lie as still as possible.

What preparation is required for a DEXA?

There are no special preparations required before a bone density scan. You are able to eat, drink and take medications as normal.

If you are pregnant please advise your doctor and let us know. Although the DEXA scan is a safe procedure, it is not recommended for pregnant women.

DEXA scans cannot be performed within 14 days of an X-ray or CT scan with an injection, barium swallow, or nuclear medicine scan. If you have had any of these procedures please contact us and we will re-arrange your appointment.

What happens after the DEXA?

Once the scan is complete the images are briefly checked to ensure that they are of good quality and can be used to make a diagnosis. The images are sent to a Radiologist or reporting Radiographer for analysis and the results will be sent to your referring doctor. This process typically takes up to two weeks.

You are able to resume all normal activities after the scan.

Can I make a private appointment for DEXA?

Yes, you can book a private appointment at a number of our clinics. Please contact 0161 929 5679 option 5 or email