New DXA scanner for Wales

New scanner to detect and measure bone loss

A state of the art DXA scanner (DXA stands for dual energy S-ray absorptiometry) has been installed in the Welsh Institute of Chiropractic at the University of South Wales.

It is able to measure the density of patients' bones (the bone mineral density – BMD) in order to detect bone-related conditions, such as osteoporosis (when the bones become weak and fragile, and are more likely to break).

There is a very long list of patients living in South Wales waiting for a DXA scan and the installation of the scanner at the Welsh Institute of Chiropractic, will help in the clinical management of patient who may be at risk of bone fracture.

Prior to the installation of the new scanner, patients who wanted to go privately had to travel to Bristol. The new scanning service will help to ensure local people receive first class health care services close to their homes in South Wales.

Dr David Byfield, Head of the Welsh Institute of Chiropractic, said: “The arrival of the DXA scanner will help health professionals identify sooner if a patient is likely to develop a bone –related condition, like osteoporosis. This means that treatment can be offered earlier to reduce any deterioration in the condition of patient’s bones. The scanner will also help us bring advanced technology closer to patients.”

Appointments will be available during 2 clinics a week – Tuesday am (9am – 1pm) and Wed pm (1pm – 5pm) starting from week commencing 26th October 2015. Easily accessible by public transport (we are directly opposite the Trefforest train station) or by car, directions will be sent to you once your appointment is confirmed. Free car parking is available to you for the duration of your appointment.

The results will normally be made available to your referring practitioner within two working days.