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Bone Density Scans

A bone density scan, called a Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry (DXA or DEXA scan), is used to measure the density of your bones. This test is currently the most accurate and reliable means of assessing the strength of your bones and your risk of breaking a bone. It is a simple, painless procedure that uses very low doses of radiation (10% of a regular chest X-Ray). You will be asked to lie down on a table for 10-15 minutes whilst an x-ray arm passes over you to take an image of your spine and hips. A bone density scan can diagnose Osteoporosis, assess your risk of breaking a bone and monitor the effects of treatment.

A DXA scan costs approximately €100. You can, however, claim tax relief for medical expenses. Click here to visit the Irish Revenue Commissioners website to get more information and download Form Med 1. Please contact your insurance company to see if they cover DXA scanning.

To find the DXA scanner nearest to you, click here.