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Osteoporosis Screening (DEXA Scan) assesses bone density for osteoporosis risk.

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Osteoporosis Screening (DEXA Scan)

Overview

Understanding DEXA Scan

A DEXA (Dual-Energy X-ray Absorptiometry) scan is a non-invasive diagnostic procedure that measures bone mineral density. It primarily scans the spine, hips, and forearm, areas most prone to fractures due to osteoporosis.

Purpose and Benefits of DEXA Scan

The primary purpose of a DEXA scan is to identify osteoporosis risk before a fracture occurs. It can also assess an individual's risk for developing fractures and monitor osteoporosis treatment. The benefits include early detection, accurate risk assessment, and effective monitoring of treatment.

Conditions Detected by DEXA Scan

DEXA scans are useful for detecting osteoporosis and assessing the risk of future fractures. They can also detect other conditions that affect bone density, such as osteopenia and certain metabolic bone diseases.

Key Takeaways

  • A DEXA scan is a non-invasive diagnostic tool that measures bone mineral density, primarily in the spine, hips, and forearm.
  • The scan is essential for early detection of osteoporosis, assessing fracture risk, and monitoring the effectiveness of treatment.
  • The cost of a DEXA scan in the UK typically ranges from £100 to £200, and may be covered by private health insurance.
  • A referral may be necessary for a DEXA scan, which can be obtained from a doctor or one of Odycy's partners.
  • The scan procedure is quick and painless, with no special preparations or post-scan instructions required.
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Typical Costs & Insurance

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

The cost of Osteoporosis Screening 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 Osteoporosis Screening, self-pay options are available.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a DEXA Scan?

A DEXA (Dual-Energy X-ray Absorptiometry) scan is a non-invasive diagnostic procedure that measures bone mineral density. It primarily scans the spine, hips, and forearm, areas most prone to fractures due to osteoporosis.

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 may be necessary for a DEXA scan. If you have not been directly referred to Odycy, you can obtain a referral from one of our partners or upload a referral from your doctor.

What conditions can a DEXA Scan detect?

A DEXA scan is useful for detecting osteoporosis and assessing the risk of future fractures. It can also detect other conditions that affect bone density, such as osteopenia and certain metabolic bone diseases.

Further Information

Scan Procedure

A DEXA scan involves lying on a soft table while a scanner passes over your body. It uses low-dose X-rays to measure the amount of calcium and other minerals in a segment of bone.

Preparation for the Scan

No special preparations are needed for a DEXA scan. However, you should avoid taking calcium supplements for at least 24 hours before your scan.

What to Expect on the Day

The scanning procedure is painless and quick, typically taking about 10 to 20 minutes. You may be asked to wear a gown during the procedure and remove jewellery that could interfere with the scan.

After the Scan

There are no specific post-scan instructions for a DEXA scan. You can resume your normal activities immediately. The results will be communicated to you by your doctor, typically within a week.

Alternative Imaging Options

Other imaging options include CT scans and MRI scans. The choice of imaging depends on the symptoms and the consultant's decision.

Additional Resources

For further information or support related to DEXA scans, you can visit the National Osteoporosis Society website or the NHS website.

References

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