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Bone densitometry

Osteoporosis will affect one in two women and one in five men during their lifetime. Bone calcium mineral content accounts for about 80% of bone strength, and so measurement of bone density gives a good indication of fracture risk. The National Osteoporosis Society recommends the use of dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) to assess bone density.

Why choose us?

We deliver a high quality service, based on current best practice and using the most up-to-date equipment and software, in a friendly and caring environment. Our team of clinical experts, led by Dr Ashok Bhalla, consultant in rheumatology and metabolic bone disease, use their expertise to provide interpretation of measurements, treatment recommendations and lifestyle advice. Our patients also have access to regular patient education sessions led by a specialist nurse.

What we offer

We provide a dedicated bone densitometry service for the assessment, diagnosis and monitoring of osteoporosis and other metabolic bone diseases.

The usual examination sites are the lumbar spine and the hip, which are the best general indicators of skeletal density. Where appropriate, we are also able to measure the forearm or the whole body (including measurement of body composition) and to perform vertebral morphometry (looking at the shape of your spine).

We are also able to calculate 10-year fracture probabilities using the fracture risk assessment tool, FRAX.

Patient education sessions, led by the osteoporosis nurse, are run for patients with osteoporosis or low bone mass who wish to find out more about their condition, click here to find out more about the sessions.

How to access our service

We can accept referrals from GPs or consultants using the direct access referral form here, or by letter.

Alternatively, should a patient require a more in-depth consultation, please refer to Dr Bhalla, consultant in rheumatology and metabolic bone diseases, via the osteoporosis clinic.

For further information or referral advice please tel. 01225 473414.