Visiting guidance

Restrictions remain in place and inside all of our hospitals you still need to wear a mask. Please see information for visitors > before you plan on visiting.

Bone densitometry (DXA) scans

Bone densitometry (DXA) scan measures the level of calcium in your bones. The two main areas of the body which are scanned are the spine and the hip. 

DXA scans are undertaken to determine whether you have osteoporosis (fragile bones) or are at risk of developing this. There is no preparation required, but it is important that there is no metal over the spine or hip areas.

The scans take approximately 10 minutes. The scan appears on the screen as an outline, which contains only basic detail. This needs to be carefully examined so the results will not be available straight away.

Queen's Hospital Burton


Queen's Hospital Burton 
Belvedere Road
Burton on Trent
DE13 0RB

Telephone: 01283 511 511

Opening times

Monday: 9am - 5pm

Thursday: 9am - 5pm

Royal Derby Hospital


Royal Derby Hospital
Uttoxeter Road
DE22 8NE

Nearest entrance: Main entrance
Nearest car park: 1 & 8

Opening times

Monday - Friday: 9am - 4.30pm