A DXA scan can help prevent the development of Osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a condition in which there is a thinning of the bones, causing them to fracture (break) more easily. It is most commonly associated with women over 40, although recent studies have shown that 1 in 5 men over 50 are now developing osteoporosis.
It is a simple and painless test which takes 20 – 30 minutes. It measures a person’s bone mineral density, which means the strength of the person’s bones.
A person who has been diagnosed with osteopenia or osteoporosis should be re-scanned every two years, preferably on the same machine to monitor their response to treatment.