Private DEXA Scan
Vista Health can offer same-day Dexa scans with reports returned from our specialist consultants within 2 working days. A DEXA scan measures the density of your bones and can help find out if you are at a higher risk of osteoporosis. The scan can also detect other potential bone disorders and conditions, such as osteopenia, brittle bone disease, and osteomalacia.
The scan is quick, easy and painless. You will lie flat for around 20 minutes while the scanner takes images of your spine, hip or forearm.
What is a DEXA scan?
DEXA stands for Dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry which is a means of measuring bone mineral density. A DEXA scan can diagnose if you are at a higher risk of bone disorders and conditions, such as osteoporosis. DEXA scans use low levels of X-ray beams to produce detailed images of your bones. The scans are quick, safe and painless.
You may need a DEXA scan if you have (or have had) any of the following:
- Osteoporosis, or a family history of Osteoporosis
- A fracture after a minor fall or injury
- Early menopause or early hysterectomy
- A family history of fractures
- Low body mass index (BMI) < 21
- Suffer from an eating disorder
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Inflammatory bowel conditions (irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease)
- Are on medication which may increase the risk of osteoporosis
- Hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid)
Prices from £125
Vista Health have DEXA scanners at 4 locations: Ealing, Enfield, Milton Keynes and Southampton. Our competitive price of £125 per body part is the same whether your appointment is today or tomorrow or at the weekend.
The diagnosis is always included in the price and your report will be completed by a specialist consultant radiologist, and returned to your referrer or GP within 2 working days from your scan time.
Your price will always be clearly explained before you book. At Vista Health we make it our mission to guide you through every stage of your health journey.
Waiting Times / Prices
Weekends (between 8am-9am)
DEXA SCAN LOCATIONS
Convenient locations in London and across the UK
Vista Health is a leading UK healthcare specialist provider specialising in diagnostic services for the private healthcare market. Helping clinicians and patients to start the health journey sooner.
Why would you need a DEXA scan?
Throughout your referral process our dedicated team will determine whether a DEXA scan is the right course of action for you. If you suffer with any of the following this type of scan may be the best way to diagnose an illness and ensure you receive the best possible care going forward.
DEXA scans are often used to diagnose or assess your risk of osteoporosis, a condition that weakens bones and makes them more likely to break.
Rheumatoid Artritis can lead to low bone density, which can then leave you open to breaking bones more easily. An early scan can lead to effective treatment.
You are at increased risk of reduced bone density if you have had early Menopause or had your ovaries removed at an early age.
Fractured or broken bones
A DEXA scan can help identify issues with previously broken or factured bones caused by an injury. It will be able to assess the strength of the bone.
Private DEXA Scan FAQs
How does the DEXA scanner work?
When you have a DEXA scan, you will not need to go into a tunnel or have an injection.
Instead, you lie on your back on a flat, open X-ray table. You'll need to keep very still during the scan so the images are not blurred.
During the scan, a large scanning arm will be passed over your body to measure bone density in the centre of the skeleton.
As the scanning arm is moved slowly over your body, a narrow beam of low-dose X-rays will be passed through the part of your body being examined.
What does a DEXA scan show?
A DEXA scan measures the density of your bones and can help find out if you are at a higher risk of osteoporosis. The scan can also detect other potential bone disorders and conditions, such as osteopenia, brittle bone disease, and osteomalacia.
How long does a scan take?
The scan usually takes 10 to 20 minutes. You'll be able to go home after you have had it done.
Why may I need a DEXA scan?
Osteoporosis, or a family history of;
Fracture after a minor fall or injury
Early menopause or early hysterectomy
A family history of fractures
Low body mass index (BMI) < 21
Suffer from an eating disorder
Inflammatory bowel conditions (irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease)
Are on medication which may increase the risk of osteoporosis
Hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid)
Is the scan noisy?
The DEXA scan is unlike an MRI scan. The scan arm will move slowly over your body and is very quiet.
What happens after the DEXA scan?
The images will be reviewed and a report will be given to you on the same day or within one week depending on your location. The report will be sent to your healthcare specialist for diagnosis or further treatment.
When will I receive my results?
Depending on the location you attend, you will either receive your report on the same day of your scan or within one week.
Interested in a DEXA scan?
Please contact us via the form below, or alternatively call us and speak directly to one of our experienced staff. We are here to help.
For directions to our Vista Health locations, please visit the locations page.
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Tel: 0333 200 2064
Monday to Friday: 8am to 8pm
Saturday, Sunday: 8am to 1pm