Bone Densitometry is part of Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering and has clinics at both the City Hospital and QMC.
A specialised X-ray scanner is used to measure bone density to help diagnose osteoporosis and to monitor the response of those on treatment or drug holidays. The sites most commonly measured are the lumbar spine and the hip. The clinics may also undertake measurements of the density and shape of other parts of the skeleton when it is judged this help assess a patient’s risk of future fracture. Whole body composition measurements are also available for specialised cases.
The Bone Densitometry Clinics actively participate in scientific and clinic research and support clinical trials which make use of bone density/shape or body composition measurements.
Bone Densitometry service at City Hospital is based in in Nuclear Medicine, at junction P4 of the Physiotherapy Corridor.
Bone Densitometry service is based in the Medical Physics Department at Queens Medical Centre, on A floor of the Medical School.
Information for Referrers
Please refer all patients for Bone Densitometry using MEDWAY. Guidance on referring patients for diagnostic investigations can be found in the Royal College of Radiologists referral guidelines "Making the Best Use of Clinical Radiology Services" which can be found here .