Bone Densitometry Scanning

The Bone Densitometry Unit provides a comprehensive scanning service to diagnose osteoporosis and monitor bone mineral density

We have two state-of-the-art DXA scanners:

  • Hologic Discovery A QDR 4500
  • General Electric Lunar iDXA

We also have a Stratec XCT2000 Peripheral Quantitative CT scanner.

We provide both clinical and research services and have over 20 years scanning experience.

Professor Judith Adams, Consultant Radiologist, is head of a team of 4 radiographers, 1 full time and 3 part time, and is responsible for reporting the scans.

Our highly qualified staff all have National Osteoporosis Society Accreditation and provide a dedicated service in this specialised field.

We scan patients from the age of 5 years with no upper age limit and on average scan 85 patients per week. We provide the only paediatric bone densitometry scanning service for the North West region.

Procedures Done in the Department

Clinical scans available are:

  • DXA: hip, spine and forearm
  • DXA: whole body for body composition including visceral adipose tissue measurements
  • DXA: Vertebral Fracture Assessment (VFA) for women over 65 yrs and men over 70 yrs who have not had spinal imaging in the past 12 months
  • Peripheral Quanitative CT forearm
  • Quantiative CT lumbar spine

PLEASE NOTE scans will be performed as dictated by departmental protocol

Admission Information

  • Admission is by clinical referral only
  • Appointments are given on an outpatient basis
  • There is limited access for inpatient referrals
  • We can accommodate immobile patients with prior arrangement

Relatives and Escorts

To maintain patient confidentiality, and to comply with Ionising Radiation Regulations, we try to minimise escort attendance in the scan room. One relative/escort will be allowed to accompany a child for the duration of the scan if required. In each case the needs of the patient will be considered and access will be at the discretion of the radiographer performing the examination.

Any Tests/ Preparations Needed

Patients are asked to complete a lifestyle questionnaire prior to attending their scan and to bring a list of their current medication.

Patients are advised that where possible there should be no metal items on their clothing such as zips, buttons, underwire bra or metal eyelets on jogging pants. Other items such as body piercings, sequins, large plastic or mother of pearl buttons, jeans or denim skirts should also be avoided.

Patients may be asked to undress or remove items and we will provide a hospital gown if required.



Bone Densitometry Room, Main Xray, Purple Zone, Manchester Royal Infirmary, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9WL

Opening Hours

The department is open from 9:00am-5:00pm Monday to Friday.

Scans are by appointment only.

Contact Details

Booking enquiries : 0161 276 4702

Report enquiries : 0161 276 4457

General scan enquiries (scan room) 0161 701 0318


Lead Radiographer :- Joanne Anderson

The department is run by a team of Consultant Radiologists and Radiographers.