Dexa scan

jaspercat Member Posts: 1,238
Hi, after recently breaking both my ankles at once, my gp is going to refer me for a Dexa scan, I am noy sure what this is but understand it is to see how strong my bones are, can anyone tell me anything more? love Jaspercatxx


  • helpline_team
    helpline_team Posts: 3,602
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Dear jaspercat,

    If you'd like us to send you some more substantial information on bone density and dexa scans then just email your full name and address to

    Essentially a bone density scan will determine whether the honeycomb structure of your leg/ankles is weaker than the norm for your age.

    The normal reason for getting a scan is if it is felt that the fractures occurred with a 'low impact'

    The National Osteoporosis Helpline is very helpful.

    I hope that is helpful

  • annie_mial
    annie_mial Member Posts: 5,614
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi Kim, there really shouldn't be any problem with a DEXA itself. You just lie there on the couch and the machine moves across you, you are not enclosed in any way - just like an X-ray really.

    The only real problem I had was that the couch was very hard to lie on and I find that painful.

    I had one DEXA last year which showed I had osteoporosis of the spine, I am due another one next summer. For these two years I have been on various bone-strengthening drugs. Next year will show if they have done any good or not!

    Good Luck