If you have been given an outpatient appointment at the hospitals and are unable to attend for whatever reason you can use the form below.
It is really important that you let us know of any changes as soon as possible. This means we can offer the original appointment to another patient.
Please complete the form below with your contact details and as much information as possible. You can find most of the information we need on your appointment letter.
If you have any problems using this form, please call the number on your appointment letter and we will do our best to help you. You will receive a response from us so you know it has been received and actioned.
If you wish to change the date and time of your appointment you, you can click the re-book option and state any dates that are not suitable for you, or you can contact us using the number on your appointment letter.
Dexa Scanning or Imaging is a quick, painless procedure for measuring bone loss. It is particularly used to detect osteoporosis - when the bone becomes thinner and more prone to fracture.
Physicians use x-rays to view and evaluate bone fractures and other injuries of the musculoskeletal system. However, a plain x-ray test is not the best way to assess bone density. To detect osteoporosis accurately, doctors use an enhanced form of x-ray technology called dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DEXA).
It is most often used to diagnose osteoporosis, with bone density measurements of the lower back and hips mainly taken. Scans can detect changes to the density.
We have been operating our DEXA scanner since October 2009.The DEXA scanner is located in Main X-ray at Warrington Hospital. Patients will need to book in at the main X-ray reception desk.
Telephone: 01925 662452
Waiting times are typically one to two weeks.
DEXA bone densitometry is a simple, non-invasive procedure. Once on the table you may be asked to hold an awkward position for a short time while the arm of the machine passes over your body taking measurements. It is important that you stay as still as possible during the procedure to ensure a clear, useful image. No anaesthesia is required. The procedure is painless and radiation exposure is minimal.
The DEXA bone density test takes 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the equipment used and the parts of the body being examined. You may be asked to undress and put on a hospital gown. Then you'll lie on a padded table with an x-ray generator below and a detector (an imaging device) above. Most often, doctors focus on bone loss in the spine and hip where most osteoporosis-related fractures happen. The detector is slowly passed over the area, generating images on a computer monitor.
The results of a DEXA bone density exam are interpreted by a radiologist or radiographer, who is specially trained to diagnose conditions and diseases by obtaining and interpreting medical images and these results are then sent to the referring doctor. If you were referred by a hospital consultant your GP will also receive a copy of the report.
The test results will be in the form of two scores:
Please contact us in advance of the scan using the informatin on your appointment letter if:
As the procedure uses x-rays it is generally not advisable for anyone to be accompanied during the scan. The technician / radiographer will remain in the room at all times. However, if you have concerns please contact us.