DEXA stands for Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry. It is a useful technique because as a scan it is a low dose X-ray procedure which can measure the mineral density of your bones. Specifically, it looks at the bone mineral density or BMD, and compares your reading with a database of normal values to see if you are at a higher risk of having a fracture due to reduced strength in your bones. A low bone mineral density means that the bone is weaker than it should be.
The test will be reported back to your referring consultant or GP for them to discuss the finding with you.
Unlike a CT or MRI scan, you will not be enclosed by the scanner.
By car: Enter the hospital site at Entrance B. Turn immediately right. Parking (pay and display – cash/cards) is available in visitors’ car park 15 immediately on the right or in car park 12 next to the hospice. In both car parks there are a limited number of disabled parking spaces.
By bus: Alight at The Green (first stop).
Follow the pathway to the right, outside of buildings, past the Trust Headquarter Offices on the left. Cross the road at the pedestrian crossing and enter the SDH South Corridor. Continue down the slope and take the last corridor on the left to The Glanville Centre.
Clinics are held all day on Mondays, Wednesday afternoons and Thursday afternoons.
Appointments generally run to time and are normally 15 minutes duration.
If patients have impaired mobility, you are advised to contact the Admin office, prior to attending clinic, as you may require a longer appointment.
Our staff at Salisbury District Hospital have long been well regarded for the quality of care and treatment they provide for our patients and for their innovation, commitment and professionalism. This has been recognised in a wide range of achievements and it is reflected in our award of NHS Foundation Trust status. This is afforded to hospitals that provide the highest standards of care.