The Dexa scanner is located in the Radiology Department on the ground floor of Hertford County Hospital.
The scanning facility assists in the diagnosis of osteoporosis (thinning of the bones), a disorder which can result in fractures (breaks) in bones. The scans are performed using X-rays.
The Dexa Scan
The scan is performed to determine if the patient has a lower than normal bone density. A patient with low bone density is at a higher risk of fracturing (breaking) bones.
Two scans are performed, each taking approximately 5 minutes. Two areas of the body i.e. the hip and lower spine are imaged. These are common sites of fracture in patients with osteoporosis and are the best sites to scan to get an accurate diagnosis. Most patients tell us that they find the procedure relaxing. The patient is scanned while fully clothed and there are no after effects from the scan.
We have a small dedicated team of radiographers trained to perform and report the scans who provide a friendly and efficient service.
How to get a scan
Once the department receives a request form from your doctor we will contact you by post or phone to give you an appointment. If the appointment is not convenient you can contact us by phone (01992 823153) to rearrange it.
If you no longer require the appointment, please contact us so the appointment can be offered to someone else. If you have any questions or concerns about your scan please give us a call and we will be happy to speak with you.
Appointments are booked between 8.30am and 5.00pm Monday to Friday and last for approximately 20 minutes.