The Osteoporosis service for DXA (bone mineral density) scans operates Monday to Friday between the hours of 9.00 am and 5.00 pm and is based within the Tony Hughes Treatment Centre at Mansfield Community Hospital. The age group for a DXA scan is 18 years and over. Our service team are Osteoporosis Nurse Specialists and radiographers.
What is osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a condition in which thinning of the bones makes the bones weak. It is known as a silent disease. Broken bones (fractures) happen easily in people with osteoporosis. Any bone may fracture in osteoporosis including bones in the spine and the hip.
How can I be referred for a DXA scan?
A DXA scan is a type of x-ray and uses radiation, but the dose is very small. There has to be a risk factor for osteoporosis for this scan to be undertaken.
Referrals for a DXA scan can be accepted from either a Consultant within the Sherwood Forest Hospitals Trust or via your GP.
Our contact telephone number is: 01623 785124
(This is an answer machine, so please leave a message as we may be busy performing a DXA scan. Someone will return your call as soon as possible)
Jane Bolus & Ann Potter – Osteoporosis Nurse Specialists