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.
'I cannot commend the clinic enough. It is marvellous we
have this service at all and well done to you all.'
Patient, Coronary Heart Disease / Heart Failure Service, Shotley
Bridge Community Hospital