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BMI Healthcare: osteoporosis diagnosis and bone scans in the UK

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Quick and easy access to bone densitometry (DEXA) scanning for the diagnosis of osteoporosis, from one of the UK's leading providers of private health care.


Where can I find DEXA bone scanning for osteoporosis in the UK?

As one of the leading providers of private health care in the UK, BMI Healthcare is able to offer an extensive range of diagnostic imaging services, including bone densitometry (DEXA) bone scanning for the diagnosis of osteoporosis.  This service is available at over 20 of its comfortable and friendly hospitals, situated throughout the country.

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What is osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a condition that affects the density of the bones.  In most people, bone density reaches a peak around the age of 25-30.  After the age of 40, bone starts to be broken down more quickly than it is replaced, and for some people eventually so much tissue is lost that their bones become fragile and prone to fracture.  Reduced levels of oestrogen after the menopause accelerate this process, explaining why the condition is seen in four times more women than men.


How do I know if I have osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis can develop silently over many years.  Often the first sign of the condition is when a bone fractures surprisingly easily, after a minor bump or fall, or even on picking up something heavy.  Back pain and a curvature of the spine can also develop as the vertebrae in the spine weaken.


Am I at risk of developing osteoporosis?

You are more at risk of developing osteoporosis if you:


  • Are over 50
  • Have experienced an early menopause or had your ovaries removed
  • Have a history of previous fractures
  • One of your parents has had previous fractures or osteoporosis
  • Are of low body weight
  • Are on long-term corticosteroid medication
  • Have a condition that affects the absorption of food, such as Crohn's disease or coeliac disease
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Simple and painless scanning for the diagnosis of osteoporosis

For patients who have already experienced signs that suggest they may have osteoporosis, or for those who feel that they are at risk, BMI Healthcare offers rapid access to dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) scanning, the most accurate method of assessing bone density. 


There are three possible outcomes from the scan.  A low score indicates that the bone density is as expected and no action is required.  A higher score may indicate the presence of a condition called osteopenia, where the bone density is lower than expected and osteoporosis may develop in the future.  In this case, the doctors at BMI Healthcare are able to advise on lifestyle changes to exercise and diet that will help maintain bone density and prevent fractures, as well as offering regular DEXA scans in order to monitor any further changes.  Lastly, a high score from the DEXA scan will confirm the diagnosis of osteoporosis and drug treatment may be offered.


Find your nearest hospital that offers DEXA bone scanning for osteoporosis


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How can I get DEXA bone scanning for osteoporosis?

To obtain an indicative cost for DEXA bone scanning for osteoporosis please call 0800 656 9606.  Alternatively, a quote for DEXA bone scanning is available via the BMI Healthcare website.



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Contact details

BMI National Enquiry Centre

Unit1, Cameron Court

Cameron Street

Hillington Park

Glasgow

G52 4JX

 

Tel: 0800 656 9606

Fax: 0141 882 6326

 

Email: info@bmihealthcare.co.uk

Website: www.bmihealthcare.co.uk

 

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