Dexa Bone Scan

A painless, quick test to access BMD/ Osteoporosis available at IDC.


The DEXA scan is a non-invasive and painless test that only takes about 15 -20 minutes to complete. During the scan, you will be asked to lie down while the scanner takes images of your spine, hip, or forearm.

What is DEXA Scan?

A DEXA scan is a test that assesses the density of your bones to determine if you are at risk for osteoporosis, a disease that weakens bones and makes them more prone to fractures. The scan can also identify other bone conditions, including osteopenia (low bone density), brittle bone disease, and osteomalacia (softening of the bones).DEXA scans use low levels of X-ray beams to produce detailed images of your bones.

You may need a DEXA scan if you have (or have had) any of the following


During a DEXA scan, you will lie on your back flat and remain still while a scanning arm moves over your body, emitting a low-dose X-ray to measure bone density. No tunnel or injection is necessary. It is important to remain still during the scan to ensure clear images.

A DEXA scan measures the density of your bones and can help find out if you are at a higher risk of osteoporosis. The scan can also detect other potential bone disorders and conditions, such as osteopenia, brittle bone disease, and osteomalacia. It is helpful tells about fat muscle distribution in your body normally called as Whole-Body Composition.

The scan usually takes 10 to 20 minutes. You’ll be able to go home after you have had it done.

  • Osteoporosis, or a family history of;
  • Fracture after a minor fall or injury
  • Early menopause or early hysterectomy
  • A family history of fractures
  • Low body mass index (BMI) < 21
  • Suffer from an eating disorder
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Inflammatory bowel conditions (irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease)
  • Are on medication which may increase the risk of osteoporosis
  • Hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid)

The DEXA scan is unlike an MRI scan. The scan arm will move slowly over your body and is very quiet.

The images will be reviewed and a report will be given to you on the same day. You can share report or consult with your healthcare specialist for diagnosis or further treatment.

Within the same day!

No, it does not involve any injection or medication.

For an appointment and to get this service

Please call Patient Services Department at
UAN # : 051-111-000-432
Disclaimer: Every diagnostic test has scientific acceptable technology or technique based limitations of uncertainty of measurement, false positive or false negative and so do not fall under the domain of negligence. In case of any such scenario, we offer free repeat of test within 24-48 hours.

A FRAX (Fracture Risk Assessment Tool) score is used to determine a person's 10-year risk of major osteoporotic fracture which is available in IDC F-8.