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DEXA or DXA scan

A special scan used to measure bone mineral density and work out whether the readings are significantly lower than normal for your age and sex. These measurements can diagnose the presence or risk of development of osteoporosis and other bone disorders. Find out more about this scan at NHS Direct.

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Musculoskeletal Services

Metabolic Bone Unit

Contact us: (0191) 223 1545 - Sharon Abdy or Gillian Tobin, Osteoporosis Nurse Specialists

The Metabolic Bone Unit is an important element of our Musculoskeletal services, providing expert advice, investigation and treatment for patients with osteoporosis (fragile bones) and other metabolic bone diseases such as Paget's Disease.

The unit is based in the Musculoskeletal Outpatient Department at Freeman Hospital and holds a range of specialist clinics led by Dr Terry Aspray, Consultant in Metabolic Bone Disease, and staffed by a team of Osteoporosis Specialist Nurses, pharmacist as well as other doctors and a physiotherapist with expertise in metabolic bone disease.

Specialist investigative techniques allowing rapid diagnosis

When appropriate a Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry (DXA) scan is offered to diagnose osteoporosis, assess future fracture risk and help identify whether or not you would benefit from preventative treatment.

Committed to advancing clinical care

In addition our professional staff are involved in a variety of research and educational initiatives, which means that our patients can be offered the opportunity try potential new therapies for their condition and are often first to benefit from ground-breaking new treatments.

Contact us

If you would like to find out more about our Metabolic Bone Unit and the services we provide please contact:

Sharon Abdy or Gillian Tobin

Osteoporosis Specialist Nurse

Telephone (0191) 223 1545

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