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Densitometry

The Diagnostic Imaging Centre is a modern, rapidly expanding facility offering comprehensive, prompt, high-quality imaging services. This includes state-of-the-art specialised equipment for Dexa scanning and specialised dynamic examinations, CAT and Ultrasound scanning, together with plain film radiography.

Bone Densitometry (Dexa Scanning)
The simplest and quickest way to assess the density of a person’s bones is by using a special type of x-ray called a DEXA scan. DEXA is an abbreviation for “Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry”. DEXA scans allow accurate bone density measurements providing critical information in detecting osteoporosis in its earliest stages.

A DEXA scan uses a very small amount of low energy x-rays to measure the density of the spine, hip and other bones. Evaluating bone density using conventional x-ray techniques does not reveal a problem until an individual has lost at least 30% of their bone density which can be too late. The rate of calcium loss varies greatly and women are at particular risk after menopause.



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