DEXA

Dual energy x-ray absortiometry (DEXA) scans are used to measure bone mineral density.  This is a common test for osteoporosis.

 

DEXA

Referral criteria

Requests and results

Contact information

 


DEXA 

This service is only available at Purley War Memorial Hospital by appointment only.

 


Referral criteria

This service is available to adults aged 20 years and over, who are not pregnant and who fit the following criteria:

  • Previous fragility/low trauma fracture
  • Radiological evidence of osteopenia and/or vertebral deformity
  • Perimenopausal women for whom HRT may not be appropriate (including premature menopause age <45 years)
  • Prolonged secondary amenorrhoea (>1 year)
  • Prolonged cortiscosteriod therapy (>7.5mg Prednisolone for 6 months or more) and not on any bone protection therapy (e.g. Calcium and Vit D)
  • Primary hypogonadism 
  • Family history of osteoporosis especially maternal history of hip fracture
  • Loss of height, thoracic kyphosis (after radiological confirmation of vertebral deformity)
  • Low body mass index (<19kg.m2)
  • Chronic disorders associated with osteoporosis (see below)
  • For checking response to existing therapy

The following is a list of disorders that are associated with secondary osteoporosis (RCP Guidelines):

  • Anorexia nervosa
  • Malabortion syndromes
  • Primary hyperparthyriodism
  • Post transplantation
  • Chronic renal failure
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Prolonged immobilisation
  • Cushing's syndrome

 


Requests and results

Requests should be made via Sunquest ICE.

Or fax completed referral form to 020 8401 3454.

Results and reports are sent back to GPs via Sunquest ICE.

For downtimes procedures click here.

 


Contact information

DEXA scans

Purley War Memorial Hospital

856 Brighton Road

Purley

Surrey

CR8 2YL

 

Tel: 020 8401 3000 

Admin: 020 8401 3054 / 3465

 

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