County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust places cookies on your computer to improve our website. These cookies don't collect information that identifies a visitor and are all anonymous.� They are used to measure its performance and to provide enhancements to you while using the site. To find out more about the cookies we use, see our privacy policy. Close

Bone Densitometry (DEXA)

DEXA scan

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.

  • The T-score compares the patient with healthy young women
  • The Z-score compares the result with an age, sex and race matched healthy population
  • DEXA

'I feel it is important to relay my experience back to let the staff know they are doing a brilliant job! I would like them to know I appreciated all they did for myself, my family and our beautiful baby girl.'

Patient, Labour Ward, Darlington Memorial Hospital