DXA Scan for Diagnosing Bone loss
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.
A DXA scan is a simple, painless procedure that uses very low doses of radiation (10% radiation 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. The test is not claustrophobic.
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 €110. 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.
A DXA scan of your spine and hips is the only test the Irish Osteoporosis Society recommend for screening and diagnosing Osteoporosis.
To find the DXA scanner nearest to you, click here.