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Bone Densitometry Scanning (DXA)

Updated 19 February 2021

Bone Densitometry scanning (DXA or Dual energy X-Ray Absorptiometry) is a simple and accurate method of detecting how much bone tissue a person has, therefore measuring their bone mineral density.

Osteoporosis is a condition where the bones become more brittle, causing them to break more easily. Broken bones associated with osteoporosis are commonly called fragility fractures. 

Further information on osteoporosis are available on the Royal Osteoporosis Society website.

Each DXA scan appointment takes about 20 to 25 minutes, and involves scanning two areas of your body, usually the lumbar spine and one hip.

The department takes referrals from hospital consultants (all disciplines) and GPs.

You will offered an appointment at Dorset County Hospital. 

If you have any specific needs please let us know prior to your appointment.

If you have any queries regarding your appointment, please call 01305 255161.

Scan results

We will not be able to provide immediate results to patients as the images will have to be reviewed by the radiographer prior to writing a formal report which is then sent electronically to the doctor who requested the investigation unless you have been given any other specific instructions. You will be told when the doctor will receive this report when you attend for your scan.

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