Bone densitometry (DXA)


DXA or DEXA stands for Dual-Energy X-ray Absorptiometry. A DXA scan measures bone density.

The DXA scanner uses a fine x-ray beam to look at the quality of your bones and measure your bone density in order to assess your likeliness of having osteoporosis. 

The scan is usually done on the lower back and both hips, although we occasionally also scan the forearm or spine.

More on what we do

A DEXA scan is a simple, painless procedure which uses very low levels of radiation. For the scan you will need to lie on a flatbed while a mechanical arm scans slowly over the top of you.

The scan is done on the lower back and both your hips, unless you have hip replacement or metal screws in your back.

The results will be sent to the doctor who requested the scan.

Our team

Our team consists of radiographers and a specialist physiotherapist.

Some members of our team are trained to report on your scans.

Where to find us

RD&E Wonford, Barrack Rd, Exeter EX2 5DW

In Medical Imaging, Template M, Level 1.

Contact us

The DXA team can be contacted on (01392) 402926, Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.


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