DXA scan

What happens during a DXA scan

DXA scan

Measuring bone density

Bone density is measured using a DXA (dual energy X-ray absorptiometry) scan.

You will be asked to lie on a bed and stay still while the scanner, a kind of X-ray machine, moves over the different parts of your body being scanned. The procedure is painless and will take approximately 15 minutes.

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