FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)


Do I require an injection?


It is necessary to be given an injection of contrast during a DEXA scan.


How long will my scan take?


The duration of the scan varies but usually takes between 20 and 60 minutes, depending on the part of your body that is being examined. Please give yourself plenty of time for your appointment.


Can I eat and drink as normal before and after the scan?


You do not need to do any special preparation prior to your DEXA scan and may continue to eat and drink as normal and take any prescribed medicine. There should be no after effects and you may eat and drink as usual after the scan.


I think I may be pregnant, can I have a DEXA scan?


Unfortunately, due to DEXA scans using ionising radiation, it is not advised that you have a DEXA scan during pregnancy, please inform a member of staff if you think you could be pregnant.