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Wirral University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Bone Density (DEXA) Scan

A DEXA (Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry) scan is used to assess your bone mineral density and work out whether the readings are significantly lower than normal for your age and sex.

The technique is mainly used to detect osteoporosis (weakened bones) in its early stages, as it is very sensitive to slight changes in bone density.

Osteoporosis usually causes no symptoms at first. Normal x-rays can only detect osteoporosis when around one third of the bone mass has already gone. A DEXA scan will measure the calcium in your bones, which cannot be done by a normal x-ray.

Opening times

Monday to Friday. 8.30am to 5.00pm.
Having a bone density DEXA scan is by appointment only at St Catherine's Health Centre in Tranmere. If you cannot attend your appointment, please contact us as soon as possible on 0151 482 7960.

Additional Documents

Dexa bone density scan patient information, Modified: 27/03/2018 6:17PM | Download: Dexa bone density scan patient information