DEXA Scanning

We are continually improving our radiology services at Lewisham Hospital, and are now able to accurately measure bone density using our brand new state-of-the-art DEXA scanner.

DEXA (Dual Energy X-ray Absorbtiometry) scans are most commonly used to diagnose osteoporosis (where the bones become weak and fragile and more likely to break). They can also be used to assess the risk of osteoporosis developing.

A DEXA bone scan can also help detect other bone-related conditions, such as osteopenia (very low bone mineral density) and osteomalacia (softening of the bones caused by a vitamin D deficiency).

Our new DEXA scanning service enables us provide care closer to home for patients who would previously have had to travel out Lewisham. It also means patients have to wait less time to have the scans they need, and diagnoses can be made much quicker.

Gwen Carman was one of the first patients to use the DEXA scanner, and said: “The new facilities are great, and I was seen really quickly by a lovely radiographer. It is also a lot more convenient for me to be scanned in Lewisham rather than having to travel further afield.”

If you would like to have your DEXA scan at Lewisham Hospital rather than travelling outside of the borough, please speak to your GP.

Where is the DEXA Scanner located?

You can find the DEXA Scanner in the Radiology Department, on the 1st Floor of the Yellow Zone.

How can you contact the department?

Please call the Department on 020 8333 3047.

The Department is open is from 8.30am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.