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Your appointment at the osteoporosis unit

Assessing whether you have or are likely to develop osteoporosis

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This page contains information about your appointment at the osteoporosis clinic.

How do I get an appointment?

We accept referrals from all medical professionals including GPs.

  • Before your appointment

    Please complete a questionnaire, which you will receive by post before your appointment.

    No special preparation is needed. Your appointment will not involve any injections and the machine that measures your bone density is open and not like a tunnel.

    If possible, wear clothes that do not contain metal, such as zips or hooks. This way there will be no need for you to undress.

    Please inform us before you come for your appointment if you think you may be pregnant.

  • What to expect at your appointment

    When you arrive, please check in at the reception. You will be asked to hand in your completed questionnaire, which you should have received by post before your appointment. You will then be asked to take a seat in the waiting area.  

    A nuclear medicine technologist/radiographer will collect you for your scan and will stay with you while it is completed. The scan itself takes around 10 minutes and the whole process takes about 20 minutes to complete. 

  • After your appointment

    The scans will be analysed and passed on to one of our doctors for evaluation. A report will be sent to the doctor that referred you to us about two weeks after your visit.

    Please note, the nuclear medicine technologist/radiographer will not be able to inform you of the result of the scan.

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