Bone density scan

Bone density scan

Bone density scanning, also called Dual-energy X-ray Absorptiometry (DXA), provides reliable information about low bone density and the risk of developing fractures.

Osteoporotic bone refers to low bone mineral density, meaning that the bone is frail and easily fractured. A bone density scan provides reliable information about low bone density and the risk of developing fractures. The scan is recommended if your bones already show early signs of thinning, you are in a high-risk group, or you have a family history of osteoporosis.

The DEXA (DXA) scan involves lying on your back for approximately 15 minutes. Both the lower spine and hips are scanned to ensure reliable results. The radiation dose is the equivalent of a week’s exposure to natural radiation, meaning the procedure is entirely safe.