Bone Density Scan

Bone mineral density scans can take place once we receive a referral from your GP.
Your GP can send the referral electronically, or by post, and we will then contact you with an available date and time.

If you have any further queries please get in touch via our contact details provided.

Your Health insurance provider may cover a DEXA scan.
We are currently working towards our clinic being affiliated with all health insurance providers.

Bone Density Scan

A bone density scan measures the amount of bone mineral content in certain areas of the body. In general, the more dense the bone, the stronger it is, and the less likely it is to break. Your bone mineral density (BMD) is then compared with reference standards to determine if you are at risk for fractures. Low bone density is usually caused by osteoporosis resulting in reduced bone strength or “brittle bones.” Your bones are usually at their densest when you are about 30 years of age.

Osteopenia is a condition in which bone mineral density is lower than normal. It is considered by many doctors to be a precursor to osteoporosis. However, not every person diagnosed with osteopenia will develop osteoporosis.


Who should have a Bone Density Scan?

If you are at increased risk of osteoporosis, a bone density scan may be advised.

Below are some examples of common risk indicators:

- A fracture following a minor fall or injury.
- Loss of height due to fracture of a vertebra (back bone).
- Taken steroids for three months or more.
- Had early menopause (aged less than 45).
- A family history of osteoporosis
- A body mass index of less than 19. (That is, if you are very underweight.)
- Other disorders associated with osteoporosis, such as rheumatoid arthritis or coeliac disease.


You will require a referral from your GP and the results will be sent directly to them.

Your GP will use the information in the bone density scan to decide if treatment for low bone mineral content or osteoporosis is necessary.