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DXA (bone densitometry)


 What is a DXA scan?

Bone densitometry (DXA) scan measures the level of calcium in your bones.  The two main areas of the body which are scanned are the spine and the hip.   DXA scans are undertaken to determine whether you have osteoporosis (fragile bones) or are at risk of developing this.  There is no preparation required,  but it is important that there is no metal over the spine or hip areas.

The scans take approximately 10 minutes. The scan appears on the screen as an outline, which contains only basic detail. This needs to be carefully examined so the results will not be available straight away.


This procedure is the best option. There are no alternative procedures/treatments available. The consequence of not having this investigation is not being able to diagnose osteoporosis. If osteoporosis is untreated this puts you at risk of fracture (breaking a bone) such as the wrist, hip or spine. If you would like more information please speak to your GP, consultant or one of the nurses caring for you.

 Finding us

 We are in the  Main x-ray department of   the Royal Derby Hospital.   This is on level 1 and is signposted from the main hospital entrance.   Please report to Reception 1.  The nearest Car Parks are 1 and 8 at the front of the hospital.

 Opening hours

Appointments are available Monday to Friday  09.20- 15.30 hours.

 Who can request a DXA scan?

You can be referred by a consultant or your GP for this scan.

 When do I get my results?

Your referring clinician should tell you how and when you will get your results.  However, if you are unsure please ask the radiographer performing your examination.