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DEXA Scan

A DEXA scan measures bone density to assess if a person is at risk of osteoporosis or fracture. If your bone density is lower than normal for your age, it indicates a risk for osteoporosis and bone fracture.The scan also can be used to assess how well osteoporosis treatment is working. And after a fracture, a DEXA scan can assess if the break was likely due to osteoporosis.

Other reasons to have a DEXA scan include:

  • A break or bone loss in your spine showed up in an X-ray
  • You have back pain that could be caused by a spine fracture.
  • You’ve lost a half-inch or more of height within one year.
  • You’ve had a total height loss of an inch and a half.

Procedure

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Preparation

The better prepared you are before you have the scan, the smoother and easier the procedure will go. The scan is safe, quick and painless procedure exposing the patient to minimal radiation. You can eat and drink normally on the day of the procedure. Those who are taking calcium supplements will usually need to stop taking them around 24 hours before the scan. The exception is women who are pregnant. If you know or even suspect there's a chance you could be pregnant, tell your doctor.

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Pre-scan

Clothes having metal fasteners should be removed.Otherwise, you can remain fully clothed depending on the area of your body being scanned.You need not have an injection or go into a tunnel during DEXA scan.You will need to keep very still during the scan to avoid blurred images.

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During Scanning

During the scan, you lie on your back on a flat,open X-ray table and a large scanning arm will be passed over your body to measure bone density in the centre of the skeleton,lower spine and hip.The whole process just takes a few minutes.

Most Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ

WHAT IF THE SCAN SHOWS I HAVE OSTEOPOROSIS?

You may be advised to take DEXA scan and then therapy.

WILL ANY OTHER TESTS BE DONE?

Depending on the result of your scan, we may also arrange other tests on the same day. These may include blood and a urine test. This will give us further information about your bone health.

HOW MUCH RADIATION DOSAGE DO YOU GET FROM A DEXA SCAN?

It is the lowest dosage from any type of x-ray procedure. The radiation exposure is the equivalent to 1 chest x-ray.

WHY SHOULD I ABSTAIN FROM TAKING A CALCIUM SUPPLEMENT BEFORE HAVING A DEXA SCAN?

Calcium supplements may not be totally absorbed if taken close to the time of the DEXA scan. The calcium may then overlie the lower spine and falsely increase the density in this region.