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DEXA (Bone Density) Scan

DEXA Scan assesses bone mineral density for osteoporosis risk.

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DEXA (Bone Density) Scan

Overview

Understanding DEXA Scan

A DEXA (Dual-Energy X-ray Absorptiometry) Scan is a type of imaging test that measures bone density. It uses low-dose X-rays to differentiate between bone and soft tissue, allowing it to accurately calculate bone density.

Purpose and Benefits of DEXA Scan

The primary purpose of a DEXA Scan is to diagnose or assess the risk of osteoporosis, a condition that weakens bones and makes them more likely to break. By detecting low bone density early, appropriate treatment can be initiated to strengthen the bones and reduce the risk of fractures.

Conditions Detected by DEXA Scan

In addition to osteoporosis, a DEXA Scan can also detect other conditions related to bone density, such as osteopenia. It can also be used to monitor the effectiveness of treatment for these conditions.

Key Takeaways

  • A DEXA Scan is a diagnostic tool used to measure bone density and assess the risk of osteoporosis.
  • The scan is quick, painless, and requires no special preparation.
  • A referral is necessary to book a DEXA Scan.
  • The cost of a DEXA Scan in the UK typically ranges from £100 to £200, and may be covered by private health insurance.
  • Other imaging options may be used based on the patient's symptoms and the consultant's decision.
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Typical Costs & Insurance

The cost of a DEXA Bone Density Scan can vary depending on the Private Provider that you choose. Enter your postcode and click search to compare the cost of DEXA Bone Density Scan directly on Odycy to find the best DEXA Bone Density Scan prices near you.

The cost of DEXA Bone Density Scan may be covered by private health insurance plans, depending on the specifics of the policy. Check with your insurance provider to understand what is covered.

For those without insurance or if insurance doesn't cover the cost of DEXA Bone Density Scan, self-pay options are available.

If you need to pay out of pocket to cover the cost of DEXA Bone Density Scan then finding an affordable option is easier with Odycy - enter your postcode and search for the service you need. You'll be able to directly compare Private Provider prices from the best Private Provider's near you.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a DEXA Scan?

A DEXA Scan, or Dual-Energy X-ray Absorptiometry, is a type of imaging test that measures bone density. It uses low-dose X-rays to differentiate between bone and soft tissue, allowing it to accurately calculate bone density.

How does a DEXA Scan work?

During a DEXA Scan, the patient lies on a table while a machine arm passes over their body, emitting low-dose X-rays. The machine measures the amount of X-rays that pass through the bones, from which it calculates bone density.

What conditions can a DEXA Scan detect?

A DEXA Scan is primarily used to diagnose or assess the risk of osteoporosis, a condition that weakens bones and makes them more likely to break. It can also detect other conditions related to bone density, such as osteopenia.

How much does a DEXA Scan cost in the UK?

In the UK, the cost of a DEXA Scan typically ranges from £100 to £200. The cost may be covered by private health insurance, depending on the specifics of your policy.

Do I need a referral for a DEXA Scan?

Yes, a referral is required for a DEXA Scan. You can obtain a referral from your doctor or one of our partners at Odycy.

Further Information

Scan Procedure

During a DEXA Scan, the patient lies on a table while a machine arm passes over their body, emitting low-dose X-rays. The machine measures the amount of X-rays that pass through the bones, from which it calculates bone density.

Preparation for the Scan

No special preparations are needed for a DEXA Scan. Patients can eat normally on the day of the scan and should wear comfortable clothing without metal fasteners.

What to Expect on the Day

The DEXA Scan is a quick and painless procedure, typically taking about 10 to 20 minutes. There may be slight discomfort from lying still on the table.

After the Scan

There are no specific post-scan instructions for a DEXA Scan. Results are usually available within a few days and will be communicated by the referring doctor.

Alternative Imaging Options

Other imaging options, such as CT scans or MRI, may be used to assess bone health based on the patient's symptoms and the consultant's decision.

Additional Resources

For further information on DEXA Scans and bone health, patients can refer to resources provided by the National Osteoporosis Society and the NHS.

References

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