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What are the reasons for screening?

  • Early menopause, absence of periods or low female hormones
  • If you are undergoing steroid tablet treatment
  • Thyroid or parathyroid overactivity
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • If you have a family history of osteoporosis, particularly if you are of lean build, have back pain, or have sustained a fracture

What happens?
You will be asked by the radiographer to lie on the examination table and made comfortable with sponge supports. The lower spine and one hip are measured with a scanning arm that moves slowly above the body. The entire test will take approximately 15 minutes. It is safe, painless and free from complications.

What happens afterwards?
The results will be sent to your referring Consultant / Family Doctor.

Direct Line
To facilitate you, the Diagnostic Imaging Centre has a direct phone line 01-806 5316, fax line 01-836 8456 and answering machine for messages outside normal working hours.

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