DEXA or Bone densitometry is a very low dose x-ray scan used to measure your bone mineral density.
Why would my doctor refer me for a DEXA scan?
DEXA Imaging is used to diagnose osteoporosis and to assess the risk of developing osteoporotic fracturs. It is likely that your doctor has referred you for this examination to assess osteoporosis or to monitor the bone density of patients with known osteoporosis or osteopenia.
Preparation for DEXA Scans
There is very little preparation for DEXA scans. You may be asked to stop any calcium supplements 24hrs before your exam. On the day you will also be asked to change into a gown if you have metal on your clothing.
Are there any risks involved with DEXA imaging?
As the radiation is extremely low, there is very little risk involved with DEXA scans.
How long do DEXA scans take?
DEXA imaging is quite simple and quick. The exam is usually over in around 5 minutes.
Do I need to book for a DEXA scan?
No bookings are required, just come into your preferred branch and one of our radiographers will take you in for your examination.