Bone Density

What is Osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a bone disease that affects one in every two women and one in every five men from the age of 50. The disease is characterized by a loss of calcium, which leads to a progressive weakening of bones by loss of bone density.

This leads to an increased susceptibility to fractures, especially of the spinal vertebrae, hips, thigh, arms and the root of the palm. Often calcium loss is not detected until the stage at which the bones become porous, soft and quite fragile and prone to fractures from even the slightest blows.

Fractures of the spinal vertebrae, the pelvis and the wrists, hands and arms cause serious disruption to daily life, interfere with the normal functioning of internal organs, can lead to disability and may even shorten life expectancy.  The Bone Density service is primaraly in our Manchester clinic but can be offered on other sites please call the office to check availability 0161 929 5679

Many of the fractures occurring over the age of 50 are caused by calcium loss.

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Bone Density Information

Bone Density Information What is bone density scanning? Bone density scans assist in the early detection of osteoporosis. We measure your bone density to evaluate your susceptibility to fractures. The lower your level of bone density, the higher the risk of a fracture. Bone density is measured with state-of-the-art X-ray equipment using the DEXA (Dual …

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Am I at Risk?

Am I at risk? Who should undergo a bone density scan? Men and women who: Have broken a bone after a minor trauma. Feel that they have become shorter during the past few years. Have a family history of osteoporosis. Have used steroids for a prolonged period. Do not engage in regular physical activity. Regularly …

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Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ – Bone Density How long does the scan take? What will I feel during the examination? Are there any risks attached to the examination? What are the differences between a bone density scan and a regular X-ray scan? What is a Bone Density DEXA Scan Test? When will I recieve my results? Which Clinics do …

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How do I make an appointment?

How do I make an appointment? Anyone who would like to have a bone density scan and has not done so during the last year can have it performed privately. Alternatively, if you have any of the indications mentioned in “Am I at risk?” , your GP might refer you for a scan on the …

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GP DEXA Referral form

In conjunction with the various PCT’s and Trust we have developed a referral form (word version) that can be integrated into any GP practice system. This is an easy way to send us referrals in the Greater Manchester area.  If you need any further information please call the office on 0161 929 5679 Please click …

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