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Bone Densitometry - Medical Physics

Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry (DEXA) is the gold standard for measurement of bone mineral density. DEXA scans are usually performed the hip and spine but occasionally we scan forearm and total body. There is a small radiation dose associated with this scan but it is much lower than many other X-ray procedures.

About 90% of the referrals come directly from GPs in the local area. The remaining patients are internal referrals from Consultants within the Trust.

The DEXA group is supported by Bone Densitometry Technicians, Bone Densitometry Specialist and Clinical Scientists, and is part of the Nuclear Medicine Physics Section of Medical Physics & Clinical Engineering.

Our purpose statement:

“To deliver an outstanding diagnostic and therapeutic service using radiation; ensuring a high quality patient experience through reassurance, knowledge and innovation.”

“Radiating Happiness”

Contact details

Office Hours:

Mon-Thurs 08:30 - 16:30
Fri 08:30 - 16:00


023 9228 3301


Medical Physics Department
Queen Alexandra Hospital

How can a patient make an appointment?

Patients are referred to us from their GP/Consultant who requests our service.

Location on site

C-level, X-ray and Scanning Department

QA Level C

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Last updated - 22 August 2019
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