DEXA Scan (Bone Density Scan)

A private DEXA scan service is available at our prestigious outpatient and diagnostic centre at 25 Harley Street, London.

What is a DEXA Scan?

A Dual-energy X-ray Absorptiometry Scan (DEXA Scan) is a scan that measures your bone density to identify bone disorders such as osteoporosis and rheumatoid arthritis.

DEXA scans are able to produce a detailed image of the bone as they use lower levels of X-ray beams during a quick and safe scan. The radiation of the scan is absorbed by the soft tissue and the bone, and detectors on the machine are able to measure the amount of radiation that passes though bones. DEXA scans are very safe as they require a low level of radiation.

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Why might I need a DEXA scan?

A DEXA scan is able to diagnose bone conditions that other scans may not be able to pick up and can view the density of your bones. You may be recommended to get a DEXA scan if you are at risk of developing bone disorders, or for example, if you have broken a bone or have a condition like arthritis which can lead to low bone density.


DEXA Scans are effective at diagnosing and assessing the risk of osteoporosis, a condition which means bones aren’t very dense or strong. This means that they are much more likely to break and can be damaged with minimal impact.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is a condition that causes swelling, pain and stiffness within  joints, usually within hands, feet and wrists. This can lead to low bone density, leaving you more vulnerable to breaking bone. A DEXA scan can help diagnose the condition earlier, ensuring effective early treatment.

Bone damage

DEXA scans can help with issues regarding bones that may have previously been damaged due to an injury. A scan is able to assess the strength of the bone after a break and ensure that damaged bones have healed correctly. They can also detect bone fractures.

Vertebral Fracture Assessment

A DEXA scan can be useful when screening for vertebral fractures on the spine. It’s used when someone may have unexplained back pain, vertebral deformity, fractures or may have lost more than an inch of height.

DEXA Scan Harley Street

Your DEXA scan will be carried out at our dedicated imaging suite at 25 Harley Street.  Our team of highly skilled radiographers and radiologists, who specialise in DEXA scanning, will interpret your scan results, and will provide your scan report.

DEXA Scan Harley Street

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Book your DEXA scan today

If you have been recommended by a doctor or GP to get a DEXA scan, we can take care of you. To obtain a price or to book an appointment, phone us on 020 7079 2102.

You can reach our bookings team every weekday between 8am and 6pm. Otherwise you can use the below enquiry form and a member of the team will be in touch to book you in.

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