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Xray Xpress - Bone Density Services

To detect subtle changes in bone density, an enhanced form of x-ray technology called dual energy x-ray absorptiometry.

DEXA (DXA) - Bone Density Scanning Services In Harley Street, London

Osteoporosis can affect peri-menopausal and menopausal women. At this time in life oestrogen levels naturally start to decline which can result in bones losing density and becoming brittle.

To detect subtle changes in bone density, doctors use an enhanced form of x-ray technology called dual energy x-ray absorptiometry (DEXA).

DEXA scanning involves a very low dose x-ray and is a quick and painless procedure. Measurements of the lower spine and hips are most frequently carried out.

DEXA scans are available to anyone wishing to monitor their bone density and are especially advised for women over the age of 50years. Xray Xpress now offers DEXA scanning using a state of the art Lunar Prodigy Advance scanner.
N.B. Bone density scans can be done without a referral letter from your GP, same day appointments are available.


Bone Mineral Density

Bone mineral density (BMD) tests are used to:

  • Diagnose bone loss and osteoporosis
  • See how well osteoporosis medicine is working
  • Predict your risk of future bone fractures

You should have bone mineral testing or screening if you have an increased risk of osteoporosis. You are more likely to get osteoporosis if you are:

  • A woman over 65
  • A man over age 70

Women under age 65 and men ages 50 - 70 are at increased risk of osteoporosis if they have:

  • A broken bone caused by normal activities, such as a fall from standing height or lower (fragility fracture)
  • Chronic rheumatoid arthritis, chronic kidney disease, eating disorders
  • Early menopause (either from natural causes or surgery)
  • History of hormone treatment for prostate cancer or breast cancer
  • Significant loss of height due to compression fractures of the back
  • Smoking
  • Strong family history of osteoporosis
  • Taking corticosteroid medications (prednisone, methylprednisolone) every day for more than 3 months
  • Three or more drinks of alcohol per day on most days

Total Body Mass

Why is body composition important?

  • An excessive amount of body fat is a risk factor for heart disease, type II diabetes, and other diseases
  • Having too little body fat can be detrimental to your health
  • Athlete‚Äôs performance is improved with optimal body composition