The Bone Densitometry (DEXA) service runs at both UHND and DMH and
is used in the diagnosis of osteporosis and the estimation of
fracture risk. DEXA scans use low energy x-rays of two
different energies (Dual Energy
X-ray Absorptiometry) to estimate
bone mineral density. The patient must be able
to flat and remain still for a few minutes while the scan
takes place. The spine and hip are scanned and the results
expressed as a score relative to the rest of the population.
'As I was very, very nervous, I must have been the worst patient
ever and they were brilliant with me and I can't thank them enough
- could you please pass on my sincere thanks.'
Patient, Hysteroscopy Unit, Chester-le-Street Community