Dexa Scan
Your doctor may refer you for a DEXA scan to analyse your bone density. It is most commonly used to diagnose Osteoporosis.
Should you need to reschedule your appointment, you can do this through our website using your booking reference. Alternatively, you can call 087 4546978. If you cancel your appointment within 48hrs or do not show up the day of your appointment, you will be charged 50% of the fee.
You can manage your booking through our partner website using your booking reference that was both emailed and text to you the day you booked your appointment. Alternatively, you can call 087 4546978.
There is minimal preparation before having your DEXA Scan. You must not take any calcium supplements (includes prescription and over-to-counter) for 48hrs hours prior to your appointment We send reminder texts 3 days before your scan to remind you of this.
Wear loose and comfortable clothing with no metal. For ladies, this includes metal on the clasp of a bra. Should you wear a bra with a metal clasp the day of your scan, a curtain can be drawn in the Dexa room where you can undress in privacy and place your clothes back on before the scan begins. Wearing pants/skirt with an elasticated waist is the preferred clothing to wear. Remove any jewellery or other objects that may interfere with the scan.
You are required to lie on a table, supported by a cushion while the scan takes place.For more infomation please refer to this very informative video.
A DEXA scan is a painless non-invasive procedure.
The scan will take approximately 20 minutes.
A report will be issued to your referring clinician detailing the findings from the scan.
Osteoporosis is a decrease in bone strength, which places a person at high risk of a bone break. It is often referred to as the 'silent disease' because there are no signs or symptoms prior to a fracture. Most people are not diagnosed until they have had multiple fractures. Osteoporosis is preventable in the majority of cases.
  • Post-menopausal women under 65 have additional osteoporosis risk factors
  • Post-menopausal women who sustain a fracture
  • Women age 65 and older
  • Women who have been on hormone replacement therapy ( HRT/ERT) for prolonged periods
  • Men with clinical conditions associated with bone loss
  • Those with X-ray evidence of vertebral fracture
  • Those with very low body weight / anorexia

How it works

To evaluate bone density in the middle of the skeleton, a sizable scanning arm will be passed over your body during the scan. A small beam of low-dose X-rays will be passed across the area of your body being scanned as the scanning arm is progressively moved over your body. The Video shows more in detail on how the Dexa Scan works.

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