Your doctor may refer you for a DXA scan to analyse your bone density. It is most commonly used to diagnose Osteoporosis.
You are required to lie on a table, supported by a cushion while the scan takes place.
A DXA 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. For further information on Osteoporosis, please visit http://www.irishosteoporosis.ie/