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What do I wear for a DEXA body scan?

Bodyscan DEXA gown

If you’re thinking of having a DEXA scan, you may be wondering what you should wear. The short answer is as little as possible, but read below first – we don’t want you to do it naked!

Men – Nearly all men have the scan in their underwear, though if you prefer you can ask for a hospital gown. You can get changed in privacy behind a curtain. (Our consultants are currently all male.)

Women – You can wear loose-fitting sports clothing with no metal attachments or zips, such as cotton shorts and a loose-fitting sports top. Or you can change into our hospital gown in a curtained changing area for privacy. Underneath the gown you should remove all clothing except underpants. You can wear a non-wired bra (eg, a sports bra) but not a traditional wired bra.

Do not wear anything too restrictive or tight-fitting, such as lycra or figure-hugging clothes.

Can I wear jewellery for the scan?

We ask that you remove big items of all jewellery. If items are difficult or impossible to remove then you can leave them in, it will not affect the result of your scan.

If you have any more questions or concerns ahead of your appointment, please see all our FAQs here or drop us an email here.

Philip Chant

Kevin Garde

Rob Webster