A DEXA scan is a type of X-ray that measures bone mineral density. A decline in the bone mineral density leads to fractures and this may be the first sign that you have osteoporosis.

If you are at risk of osteoporosis, your doctor may suggest this investigative test to you. Alternatively, if you believe you may benefit from a DEXA scan, do get in touch with one of our GPs will assess your individual case and arrange this appointment for you.

Remember: An early scan may avoid fractures, chronic pain and months if not years of disability!

The scans are reported by Prof David Reid, an international authority on osteoporosis and its management. You will receive a personalised report with clear advice on your treatment options. This report will be sent to your referring doctor too. If you wish to consult our doctors regarding treatment we are able to undertake all such treatments, inclusive of twice-yearly injections and once yearly intravenous infusions.

Risk factors for osteoporosis are:

  • Being underweight
  • Smoking
  • Excessive alcohol consumption
  • Women are more likely than men to develop osteoporosis
  • Ethnicity: Caucasian and Asian women are more likely to develop osteoporosis
  • Menopause
  • Getting older: one’s bone mass peaks around the age of 30 and then begins to decline
  • Family history of osteoporosis and fractures
  • Certain medical conditions such as thyroid disorders, rheumatoid arthritis
  • Certain treatments/ medications such as cancer treatments, steroid medications

If you wish to read more about Osteoporosis, DEXA Scans and treatments please click here.

Vitamin D and calcium supplementation are essential for maintaining strong bones and preventing bone loss. In Scotland, all adults and children over the age of 5 are recommended they take Vitamin D supplements between October and March/ April every year. Children under the age of 5 are recommended they take Vitamin D supplementation continuously irrespective of where they live in the UK.

Meet our experts

Professor David M Reid

  • Qualifications: MBChB. | MD. | FRCP (Edin). | FRCP (Lon)
  • Location(s): Aberdeen - ROC Private Clinic
  • Clinical Interest(s): One Stop Osteoporosis Risk Assessment Service, DEXA (Bone Densitometry Scan) interpretation, Post fracture risk assessment (fracture liaison service), glucocorticoid osteoporosis, secondary causes of osteoporosis, lifestyle management, drug treatment and follow up.
  • BIO:

    Professor David Reid is Emeritus Professor of Rheumatology at the University of Aberdeen and was previous Head of the School of Medicine & Dentistry at the University. At ROC Harley Street Clinic London, Professor David Reid consults patients with Osteoporosis or Fibromyalgia and supports the other doctors in promoting awareness of bone health to their patients and in making correct decisions when it comes to osteoporosis and fibromyalgia.

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