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