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DXA Scan

What is a DXA Scan?

DXA stands for "Dual-Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry", which is the use of X-rays to determine bone mass. It is considered the gold standard for bone density testing and is widely used in the diagnosis of Osteoporosis.

DXA Scan FAQs 

1. Why should I have a DXA scan?

Your doctor may refer you for a DXA scan to analyse your bone density. It is most commonly used to diagnose Osteoporosis.

2. What are the risk factors of having a DXA Scan?
  • Post-menopausal women under 65 who have additional osteoporosis risk factors
  • Post-menopausal women who sustain a fracture
  • Women age 65 and older
  • Women who have been on hormone replacement therapy ( HRT/ERT) for prolonged periods
  • Men with clinical conditions associated with bone loss
  • Those with X-ray evidence of vertebral fracture
  • Those with very low body weight / anorexia
3. What happens during the DXA scan?

You are required to lie on a table, supported by a cushion while the scan takes place.

4. Is a DXA Scan painful?

A DXA scan is a painless non-invasive procedure.

5. How long will the DXA scan take?

The scan will take approximately 20 minutes.

6. How do I get the results?

A report will be issued to your referring clinician detailing the findings from the scan.

7. What is Osteoporosis?

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/

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