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What is a Bone Density (DXA) Measurement?

A Bone Density (DXA) Measurement is an investigation which uses low energy X-rays to determine how much ‘bone mineral’ is in the area being measured.

How do I prepare for the investigation?

Please wear clothing which is light and loose with no metal parts (buttons, zips, clips, buckles etc) eg sweater or tee-shirt, skirt or trousers with elasticated waistband (Ladies - please avoid underwired bras). 

What will I have to do for the investigation?

The investigation involves lying on your back on a bed. A scanning arm will move up and down above your body but will not touch you or enclose you at any point (see photograph above). 

How long does it take?

Each measurement takes a few minutes. The total duration of the investigation depends on what we have been asked to measure.

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