Bone Densitometry (DEXA)

DXA or DEXA stands for Dual-Energy X-ray Absorptiometry. A DXA scan measures bone density. 

The DXA scanner uses a fine X-ray beam to look at the quality of your bones and measure your bone density in order to assess your likeliness of having osteoporosis. It is a painless procedure that uses very low levels of radiation. For the scan you will be required to lie on a flat bed while an arm scans slowly over the top of you. The scan is done on the lower back and both your hips, unless you have hip replacement or metal screws in your back.

Contact us

We can be contacted via the main hospital switchboard on 01392 411611

To contact the Medical Imaging Team, call 01392 402 336

The team is available Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm

Alternatively, you can email us at:

Where to find us

Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital (Wonford)
Barrack Road

The Medical Imaging Department, Template M, Level 1

Meet the team

Our team consists of Radiographers and a Specialist Physiotherapist.

Patient information leaflets

Click here to see our patient information leaflets.

Requesting copies of your scans

If you would like copies of your images on disc, please download and complete a Data Protection Act form. Please visit the 'Accessing your Medical Records' page for more information.

Once the signed form is returned to the department, we will process your request - this can take up to 30 days. There is no charge for this service.

Last updated: February 07, 2024


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