Patient Experience

Patient Experience

A DEXA (dual energy X-ray absorptiometry) or DXA scan measures bone density. It looks at the strength of your bones and your risk of breaking a bone. 

It is an appropriate test for adults, if directed by your doctor, regardless of your gender or age. 

  • To access this service patients require:

    • a doctor's referral from within the hospital, or
    • a referral from your GP, or
    • be referred from our Bone Health Clinic.
  • Your results will be sent to the doctor that referred you for the scan within 5 – 7 working days.

    If your GP did not send you for the scan then they will not automatically receive the results.

  • Referrals can be sent via Healthlink or by letter to:

    Bone Health Unit
    MISA Building
    St. James’s Hospital
    Dublin 8

Contact Details

Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm

How to find us

Top floor, MISA building

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