For a limited time you can avail of a Dexa Scan in our Ongar Clinic at a special price of €60. For an appointment, please phone (01) 8614040 ext 3.
What is Osteoporosis
Osteoporosis means porous (hollow) bones. It can affect the whole skeleton but the most common areas to break are the wrist, spine and hip. The disease affects 1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men.
Dexa Scanning at the Meridian
A Dexa Scan is the only test that the Irish Osteoporosis Society recommends. Please phone 8614040 extension 3 to make an appointment.
What is a Dexa Scan?
A dexa scan is an X-ray like screening of your bone that can accurately measure small percentages of lost bone density. It uses an extremely small amount of X-rays, less than one tenth of that used for a chest X-ray.
Osteoporosis is a thinning and weakening of the bones that increases the risk of fractures, usually in the hip, wrists and spine.
It becomes more common as we get older and often it is only diagnosed after the patient has attended the hospital as a result of a fall or accident.
What happens during a Dexa scan?
You complete a detailed questionnaire which allows the nurse to determine risk factors for Osteoporosis.
You then lie on a soft top table for approximately 30 minutes while your spine and both hips are scanned.
You wear your clothes but are asked to avoid jewelry, belts and skirts or trousers with a zipper or metal clasp.
Your test results will be sent to your Doctor. This allows your doctor to determine whether you have osteoporosis and the likelihood of a fracture happening. The best course of treatment can then be advised by your doctor based on your medication/medical history.